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Stockingford Junior School To Close

Stockingford Junior School To Close

A JUNIOR school that has served generations of a Nuneaton community for more than a century faces the axe.

The News can exclusively reveal that education chiefs plan to close Stockingford Junior School in Grove Road.

It is understood that Warwickshire County Council, which is the Local Authority, plans to amalgamate the school with nearby Stockingford Infants School.

It would lead to the creation of a single Stockingford Primary School, which would cater for children aged from just four all the way up to eleven-years-old.

Should everything run to plan, the school, which be based in the two current school buildings, could be opened as soon as September 2012.

Letters have been sent out to parents of pupils to tell them about the proposals but consultation is not expected to begin until later in the year.

It is unclear what impact the plans would have on the senior management at the junior school or the current teaching staff.

County councillor Heather Timms, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Shire Hall, said: “The local authority supports the creation of all-through primary schools which are felt to offer greater continuity and progression for the pupils, increased access to specialised teaching and greater economies of scale.

“An amalgamation of the two Stockingford schools would be in line with the county council’s commitment to bringing about the benefits that this policy offers.

“The proposed new school would occupy both of the current school buildings, employing much the same staff as now but with the added benefits of having a single governing body with a unified staff.

She concluded: “Governors have written to inform parents of the county council’s proposal and there will be a full formal consultation in which parents can make their views known to local authority officers.”

Stockingford Junior School has served the community since it opened as Stockingford Council School in April 1905, and generations of local families have passed through its doors.