Parent anger over schools’ merger plan

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PLANS to merge Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger with Roade School Sports College have met with opposition from parents.

The two schools, which are around eight miles apart, have been working in an informal partnership for the past year.

It was announced last week that the schools’ governing bodies have started the formal process of amalgamating the two schools.

A statement from the governing body and leadership team of Roade School, said both schools were facing the challenge of decreasing numbers of students.

It said: “Decreasing numbers of young people living in the catchment areas has meant reduced funding and difficulty in recruiting staff.”

The statement added there would be a chance to comment through meetings with parents, community representatives and staff.

But a Facebook group against the proposals has been set up by Kingsbrook parents and has attracted more than 260 members. Concerns include the possibility of transporting students between the schools and lack of preliminary consultation with parents.

Before the merger can go ahead, the plans must be approved by Northants County Council.