Cornhill school closer to closure

THE proposed closure of Cornhill First School due to a shortage of pupils on the register has moved a step closer with the initiation of an official 12-week consultation process.

The number of pupils on the register has fallen from 35 four years ago to only three this year, even though there are 15 pupils from the Cornhill First School catchment area enrolled in other schools.

With only one new pupil expected in September, school governors concluded that it would be in the best interests of existing staff and pupils to close the school at the end of the summer term.

The three affected pupils would transfer to either St Ceolwulf’s First School in Norham or Hugh Joicey First School in Ford.

The consultation period will run until March 20, after which Northumberland County Council executive will decide whether or not to proceed with the closure.

The consultation request was approved by the county council executive on Monday.