Crucial talks are needed with Diocese after school closure

St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble.
St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble.

A leading councillor wants talks with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle following the decision to close Amble St Cuthbert’s RCVA First School.

The final bell will sound on August 31 after the county council’s policy board last month approved a proposal by the governing body to shut its doors.

Coun Robert Arckless, a member of the committee which agreed closure, was unable to comment during the consultation process.

But at Amble Town Council on Thursday, May 8, he said: “I’ve asked for a meeting with the Diocese because there are issues to consider. One of these is that there will be a building that belongs to the Diocese and we need to know what is going to happen.

“The immediate issue though is about where the children go next. The county council has given an undertaking that a child who wants a place in another Amble school will be offered a place in an Amble school. Some have opted to go to St Paul’s, in Alnwick.

“Some of the staff have been offered alternative posts and the county council will do what it can to provide alternative employment for the others.”

He criticised the Diocese for not attending the policy board meeting, adding: “I am disappointed that they did not provide an appropriate duty of care for the people involved in this.”