MP calling for school change to go on hold

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Guide Post Middle School.'REF 0701147758

An MP has joined parents in the fight to keep their school open.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has called on the potential re-organisation of schooling in the Guide Post and Stakeford areas to be put on hold for ‘the best interests of all local children involved’.

Parents have hit out at plans by Northumberland County Council to close Guide Post Middle School in the summer, after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted last year, as they change the school structure in the area from three-tier to two-tier.

After meeting with all interested parties, Mr Lavery is calling for what he says is an ‘unrealistic’ timescale to be extended to allow for further consultation.

He said: “It is unrealistic to put any changes in place in time for the start of the next school this September.

“The schools, teachers, parents and the children themselves, are concerned about what is happening and want some answers about where and how pupils will be taught in the Guide Post and Stakeford area.”

A council spokesperson said: “We understand the MP’s concerns but it is a formal consultation period and we are unable to comment further at this stage.”