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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 June, 2003, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
School campus closure to go ahead
Parents of pupils at a school on south Tyneside have been told plans to close part of the site will go ahead from September.

The Cornhill campus, at Jarrow School, was the scene of demonstrations this week, by students angry at the proposals.

South Tyneside's director of learning, Barbara Hughes, said on Thursday that a decision to wind down the Cornhill site this year was in the best interests of the children.

As many as 200 students will transfer to the school's Field Terrace site this September.

We fully understand the concerns and possible frustrations of parents and pupils
Ms Hughes

However, 90 year 10 pupils will be allowed to complete their final examination year at the Cornhill site.

The original intention was to allow all the pupils to complete their education at the Cornhill site.

Ms Hughes told parents that it was in the best educational interests of all the year seven, eight and nine children to make the switch in September.

Parents and pupils at the Cornhill campus will be given opportunities to visit Field Terrace and will be supplied with detailed information about the transfer arrangements.

Assistance will also be available with the provision of school uniform for those who need it.

Ms Hughes said: "We fully understand the concerns and possible frustrations of parents and pupils.

"Faced with the new situation of reducing numbers at Cornhill, properly informed decisions needed to be taken now in the best overall interests of continuing the highest standards of a full comprehensive education service."

School closure plan to go ahead
18 Dec 02  |  England

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