More than 100 new school places

New Delaval Primary school in Blyth.
New Delaval Primary school in Blyth.

A total of 115 new school places are being created in five schools in south-east Northumberland to meet the increasing pupil population.

The admission numbers at two schools in Blyth, one in New Hartley and another in Seaton Delaval will go up for the start of the next academic year in September, after the increases were approved by Northumberland County Council’s cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday.

Another Blyth school will see a rise in September 2019.

In Blyth this year, the admission number at Horton Grange Primary School will go up from 60 to 90, while at New Delaval Primary School, the increase will be from 30 to 45.

The admission number at Newsham Primary School will also rise from 60 to 90, but from next September.

Elsewhere, New Hartley First School will see a small increase of four, from 26 to 30, while at Whytrig Middle School, in Seaton Delaval, will see the biggest expansion – an increase from 54 to 90.

In December, we reported that more than £3.5million had been allocated by the county council to increase pupil capacity at three schools – New Delaval and Horton Grange Primaries in Blyth and Whytrig Middle in Seaton Valley.
The changes were included as part of a report on the schools admission arrangements for 2019-20.
There are no changes proposed to the current admission policies, including oversubscription criteria, for first, primary, middle, high or secondary schools.