The community in Seahouses made its views clear this week as they held a demonstration in support of the village’s middle school.
If the two-tier model was chosen following the consultation into reorganising the schools in the Alnwick Partnership, Seahouses Middle School would be closed.
Donna-Marie Perry, one of the parents who is campaigning to save the school, said: “Seahouses Middle School is an absolutely excellent school.
“The Alnwick Partnership wants to amalgamate all the pupils in a dilapidated building in Alnwick. Fair enough if the Alnwick schools want to go ahead with that, but why do they have to involve the rural schools?
“The kids will have to travel an hour at the age of 11 to get to school while the first schools will have to take an extra two years and they are not big enough.
“The whole thing is just a complete waste of time and money. It’s shocking they want to close a perfectly good school and create more problems in the process.
“It’s a valuable part of the community, not just an educational setting. The whole village is behind us in wanting to keep it open. We are not going to stand back and let this happen.”
Another parent, Carol Fawcus, added: “There is an enormous amount of support for Seahouses Middle School to remain open, as it provides a fantastic facility for our young people to be educated locally in a caring, safe environment.
“The school offers excellent extracurricular activities, which will not be available to the children if they transfer into Alnwick at 11 years old, as it will be difficult for the children to return home following after-school clubs.”