It is with great trepidation that Northumberland Labour Group acknowledges the proposed merger of Kings School and Priory primary school in Tynemouth and their intended open admissions policy.
Their catchment area through openness, is dangerously close to the Northumberland border with North Tyneside and may become a flaw in Northumberlands improvement program for schools across South East Northumberland. Several vulnerable schools, pupil numbers wise, within travelling distance of Tynemouth could be affected by this growth.
Northumberland Labour Group leader Grant Davey said:"Parent Choice in education across the Country has led to all sorts of local difficulties, inflated house prices being one of the most common, but this new type of school who will recruit from anywhere to remain a viable product may cause a vacuum effect and suck in families from a massively wide area.
In Northumberland we need to protect our schools against predators and demand that a full impact assessment is undertaken on this schools proposals for a Lottery Type admissions policy on our counties education system".