Talks all set to start on relocating school

Backworth Primary School. GM025329
Backworth Primary School. GM025329

Consultation is to begin on plans to relocate and rebuild a borough school.

Due to new housing estates in west Shiremoor, extra pressure is expected on schools in the area.

As a result, cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have agreed to consult on the plans to move Backworth Park Primary School to cope with the anticipated rise.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is excellent news as we want this new development to become a community not a vast housing estate.

“As well as providing a fantastic education, the school will be at the heart of this community.”

Last month the council’s planning committee approved an outline planning application by the Duke of Northumberland for the development of 590 homes and a new school on land east of the A19.

Council officers have been working with the Duke’s estate to calculate the estimated number of children who will live in the development.

An increase in birth rate, plus high development in areas including Holystone and West Allotment, has led to the council to look at schools in the area, with Backworth Park Primary School only serving up to 210 pupils.

A council spokesperson said: “The council believes that the most appropriate solution to the increased numbers would be the relocation and expansion of Backworth Park Primary School to a new site on the housing development for September 2016.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The new building will provide fantastic facilities and a great education to the children living on these new estates.”