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Emotional day as first school closes for good

Pupils Evan Little, Charlie Welsh, Sophie Mole and Harry Baxter during the last day of St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble.
Picture Jane Coltman

Pupils Evan Little, Charlie Welsh, Sophie Mole and Harry Baxter during the last day of St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble. Picture Jane Coltman

The final bell has sounded at Amble St Cuthbert’s RC First School which closed to pupils for the last time yesterday.

The emotional day was marked by a series of special events, including a leavers’ assembly and picnic lunch. There was also a disco and bouncy castle.

All past and present pupils, staff, parishioners and their families are being invited to attend tomorrow’s end-of-school disco at the Radcliffe Club, in Amble, from 6pm.

The heartbreaking decision to close the school was rubber-stamped by Northumberland County Council’s policy board at the end of April.

The request came from the school’s governing body after a disastrous Ofsted report in October placed it in special measures, coupled with falling pupil numbers.

Some parents tried to force a U-turn on the proposals, but to no avail.

On Monday, Amble town and county councillor Robert Arckless met the director of education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

At the meeting, Coun Arckless said that there had not been enough pastoral care for the people involved during the closure process and that there were a number of issues regarding the future of the building.

At Amble Town Council last Thursday, he said that all of the pupils had found places at alternative schools.

○ See Pages 20 to 21 for a thank-you letter from the Parent-Teacher Association at St Cuthbert’s.

 

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