A public meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd May to discuss the proposed closure of Cleadon Infant and Junior Schools and the opening of a new Church of England Primary School to replace them. The meeting will be held at Cleadon Village Junior School at 6.30pm.
The merger was first suggested in December. South Tyneside Council then approached the Church of England Diocese of Durham with the proposal to close both schools and open a 420 place combined Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.
The governing bodies of both schools are in favour of the solution, which would see the building works funded via the Private Finance Initiative and the Church's own national partnership arrangements.
Councillor Ron Reynolds, Lead Member for Lifelong Learning and Leisure, said: "We have had a number of informal meetings with the governing bodies of both schools to discuss this matter and we would now like to seek out public opinion on the proposal."
He added: "The meeting is very important as we want to know what people think of the plans as they are still at the discussion stage. The schools will not be replaced if people do not agree."
At the public meeting Council officials and representatives of the Church of England Diocese will outline the merger proposals and listen to views from pupils, parents, governors, staff and local residents. All the issues raised will be reported to the Council's Cabinet prior to a decision being made on whether or not to proceed.