Action group against merger in Alnwick

Dukes Middle School, Alnwick
Dukes Middle School, Alnwick

Following in the footsteps of parents in Seahouses, an action group has been set up to fight against the possible closure of an Alnwick middle school.

In their own words, they say: “A group of people passionate about the welfare and education of children have come together and set up Duke’s School Action Group (DSAG), in order to have a strong voice during the consultation process.

“Among our members we believe that there are merits to both the middle school system, particularly given our area’s vast geographical spread and sparse population, and the two-tier system.

“In essence we feel our mission is to try and ensure that, whichever system of education is considered the best for our children in this part of the county, given all the complexities and the consultation, we move forward with the wellbeing of the children at the centre.

“This, in our minds, equals minimal transitions and disruption, careful planning over time to ensure that everyone involved has time to assimilate and settle into the idea of the change, and that the infrastructure to support the school system is ‘fit for purpose’.”

They believe that the merging of the Duke’s and Lindisfarne middle schools should not go ahead because of the removal of parental choice; reduced focus on removing Lindisfarne Middle School from special measures; the damaging effect of additional transitions; the size of the new school; the Duke’s is already on its way to an Ofsted outstanding rating; and staff implications.

The group also wants to ensure that the town has a new high school that can deal with the demands of the future on a single site.

If you are interested in joining the action group, contact DSAGALNWICK@yahoo.co.uk, ask to join their Facebook page – Duke’s School Action Group – or go along to their next meeting at the Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, tonight at 7pm.