Council chiefs back closure of nursery as it merges with Hartlepool school`

Councillors Jonathan Brash(left) and Chris Simmons.
Councillors Jonathan Brash(left) and Chris Simmons.

A NURSERY will close and merge with a primary school from next summer after plans were agreed by councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed 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 agreed the recommendations due to the “overwhelming support” for the plans.

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.

The decision was made by the council’s children’s services committee, which is chaired by Labour councillor Chris Simmons.

Coun Simmons said: “We decided to proceed with the recommendations.

“There was an overwhelming support in the consultation for the changes.

“It is the right step forward and means that all our primary schools will have a nursery site attached to them.”

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.

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