Appeal for more time on future of school

The pupils at Acklington  C of E First School.
The pupils at Acklington C of E First School.

A concerned member of the Acklington community has called on governors to allow more time to discuss the proposed closure of the village first school.

As reported last month, the governing body of the James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) Federation has started a consultation about closing Acklington C of E First School at the end of December.

The governors’ decision is based on falling pupil numbers, but campaigners have vowed to fight to save the school.

Now, Christine Boulby, from Acklington, has called on the governing body to put back the decision to the end of the academic year ‘when the parents, staff and other interested parties have had enough time to study the documents, ask questions, formulate a means of keeping it open and generally digest the proposal’.

She also questioned who would leave their children in a school scheduled to shut halfway through the year.