Nursery closure backing

Holy Trinity Primary School head teacher Amanda Baines
Holy Trinity Primary School head teacher Amanda Baines
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COUNCILLORS are being asked to agree to the closure of a nursery and merge it with a primary school from next summer.

Hartlepool Borough Council is proposing to close Seaton Carew Nursery, in Brompton Walk, and merge it on the same site as Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Crawford Street, also in Seaton.

A consultation has been carried out and councillors on the Children’s Services committee will meet at the Civic Centre next week to make a decision.

Amanda Baines, headteacher at Holy Trinity, is also acting head at Seaton Carew Nursery and the plan is to merge both from September 2014.

The consultation included proposals to extend the age range at the primary school from four to 11 to three to 11 to cater for the nursery school children.

All primary and secondary school headteachers were consulted along with Seaton Carew nursery staff, governors, parents and carers and consultation meetings were attended by 59 people and there were 36 written responses.

Of those, 31 were in favour of the closure of the nursery school and the expansion of the age range at Holy Trinity.

Those against raised concerns about how the Seaton Carew Nursery environment can be recreated in a school, that not all children attending the nursery want to go to Holy Trinity and that Seaton Carew had already lost the youth centre and sports hall.

But the report added: “Seaton Carew Nursery is no longer financially viable and is currently reliant upon additional Schools Forum funding which is only guaranteed until August 2014.”

Councillors are recommended to approve the proposal to close Seaton Carew Nursery School and support the proposal to extend the age range of Holy Trinity CE Voluntary Aided Primary School from four to 11 year olds to three to 11 year olds.

It comes as Holy Trinity C of E Primary School is set to be rebuilt under the new Government-led Priority Schools Building Programme.

Councillors will meet on Tuesday, December 3 at 4pm.