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School closures get council green light

FOUR school closures in the north of the borough were given the go-ahead by cabinet members last week.

FOUR school closures in the north of the borough were given the go-ahead by cabinet members last week.

Bennett’s Well Primary will merge into Hatchford Primary, and Alcott Hall will join Coleshill Heath in September 2010. New buildings are expected to be built by 2013.

Cabinet members also confirmed that Kingfisher Primary will be merged with Bosworth Wood Primary from September 2009, with children moving into the recently completed school building at North Arran Way.

Councillor Graham Craig was disappointed with the outcome and fears that should new homes be built in Smiths Wood, one school will not be enough to accommodate children in the area, adding: “Where are these children going to go because one school isn’t sufficient.”

The mergers are part of the council’s programme to replace all primary schools in the north of the borough with 10 new buildings, either on new or existing sites.

Council Leader Ken Meeson said he hoped the schools would adopt new names to signal a fresh start.

And added: “Where schools are being merged we are technically closing the smaller one and joining it with the larger school.

“Any savings will be used to support these mergers as well as contribute towards the cost of building the new schools.”

 

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