Your views sought on plans to amalgamate Grange Lane schools in Scunthorpe
A consultation opened yesterday on proposals to amalgamate Grange Lane Infant School and Grange Lane Junior School in Scunthorpe.
North Lincolnshire Council has successfully applied for funding to rebuild a new school.
This has been made available as part of the Department for Education's Priority School Building Programme and provides an exciting opportunity to create a modern and integrated school for Grange Lane Infant and Junior pupils.
Although funding for building works has been approved, it is on the condition that it will be used to build a primary school by merging Grange Lane Infant School and Grange Lane Junior School together onto a single site.
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The council is now seeking views on whether Grange Lane Infant School and Grange Lane Junior School should amalgamate to become a through primary school.
If the amalgamation goes ahead, children from both schools would automatically become pupils of the new primary school.
The school would continue to be run as a community maintained school (ie part of the council), but under the leadership of a single governing body and one head teacher.
The new school would include pupils from reception (ages 4-5) to year six (ages 10-11) and would have provision for nursery aged children.
The consultation process began on Monday, June 18 and ends on August 12.
North Lincolnshire Council, the education authority, will be consulting people using three methods:
Both schools are holding open days during July and have invited members of the Local Authority to be available during these sessions to answer questions people have about the proposal.
Grange Lane Infant School from 9.15am to 11am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 3, 4 and 5.
Grange Lane Junior School from 9am to 3pm on Monday, July 9.
There will be a formal public meeting from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday, July 10 at Grange Lane Junior School.
Send the council your views by using the online questionnaire at www.northlincs.gov.uk/GrangeLaneAmalgamation or complete the form that has been sent to all parents with children at the schools.
Councillor Rob Waltham (Brigg and Wolds), cabinet member for People at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "We will genuinely consider all the responses to the consultation so do take the time to give us your views. It is fantastic that the Government is giving us an opportunity to improve our school buildings locally."