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Ouston's infant and junior schools to merge
A VILLAGE’S infant and junior schools will be merged to form a new primary school at the end of this year, councillors ruled today (Wednesday, September 11).
Durham County Council’s cabinet agreed to close Ouston Infant School at Christmas, with Ouston Junior School expanding to a 270-place primary for children aged four to 11 from January 1.
Councillor Ossie Johnson, the cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said the move was educationally driven, not financially driven, and the best way to ensure a strong and more viable school.
Coun Maria Plews said the move was eminently sensible and had many advantages.
Coun Lucy Hovvels said it was best not to interrupt children’s education by making them move schools and she thought more schools would follow suit in future.
The merger will include £850,000-worth of alterations to the junior school.
Both schools are currently rated as ‘good’ by inspectors Ofsted.
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