Decision due over future of Hartlepool nursery school

Holy Trinity Primary School head teacher Amanda Baines
Holy Trinity Primary School head teacher Amanda Baines

THE future of a Hartlepool nursery school will be decided today when councillors meet to finalise plans.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking 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.

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 council’s children’s services committee, which is chaired by Labour councillor Chris Simmons, will meet today to discuss the issue.

A report by Dean Jackson, assistant director of education, said: “It is recommended that the children’s services committee: note the outcomes of the statutory notice period in relation to the closure of Seaton Carew Nursery School and the extension of the age range of Holy Trinity CE Voluntary Aided Primary School from four to 11-year-olds to three to 11-year-olds.

“Approve the proposal to close Seaton Carew Nursery School and extend the age range and implement the proposal with effect from August 31, 2014.”

All primary and secondary school headteachers were consulted along with Seaton Carew Nursery staff, governors, parents and carers and consultation meetings held.

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

The committee can either reject the proposal, accept them, approve with conditions or with modifications.

Councillors were due to meet in the council chamber at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 4pm today.