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Statutory Notice - Proposal to Close South Shields School

NOTICE is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that South Tyneside Council, Town Hall & Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL intends to discontinue South Shields School, Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, NE34 8BT on 31 August 2020.

It is proposed to phase implementation of the closure and all displaced pupils will be offered a school place at alternative schools in the area which have available places. There are 8 alternative secondary schools in South Tyneside.  There is no intention to increase the number of places at the nearest alternative schools, as there are sufficient surplus places available across the borough.

It is recognised that displaced pupils will need to make new journeys to school and some pupils may have further to travel. A review of the positioning of school crossing patrols will be carried out with a view to relocating patrol points if necessary. It is anticipated that displaced pupils will walk, cycle or use public transport to travel to the alternative schools.  Free transport would be provided where pupils meet the eligibility criteria under South Tyneside's Home to School Transport policy.

A six week period of public consultation, including meetings with staff, governors, and parents, along with other interested parties has been undertaken from 20 September 2018.

This Notice is an extract from the complete proposal. Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from the Council's website www.southtyneside.gov.uk/southshieldsschool or by writing to: South Shields Consultation, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall & Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2RL or by email to southshieldsconsultation@southtyneside.gov.uk.

Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to South Shields Consultation, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall & Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2RL or by email to southshieldsconsultation@southtyneside.gov.uk.

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John Pearce, Corporate Director

21 November 2018

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