Proposed Merger of Schools To Be Discussed at Cabinet Meeting

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Councilors are to discuss proposals to merge two special educational needs schools in the district - Wakefield Pathways School and Kingsland Primary School.

Under the proposals Wakefield Pathways School would become part of Kingsland Primary School. The merged school would operate on both sites, using the existing buildings.

The Council is considering the merger as a way to improve the learning of all pupils with special education needs and disabilities in the Wakefield area.

 Wakefield Pathways School has been in special measures since 2014, and has been making reasonable progress towards changing its status, but a merger is being considered to improve the standard of education available to pupils. Kingsland Primary School was judged as outstanding by Ofsted in November 2011.

A report says a merger would benefit pupils by broadening access to expertise and to specialist teaching. It would provide an opportunity for all pupils to access a curriculum which would be personalised according to individual needs.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: “Our priority is to ensure that all children in our district have the best education to prepare them for life.

“We believe that by bringing together the two schools we can significantly improve the teaching and support for pupils.”

Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet meeting on November 3 will also consider the findings of an initial consultation which asked staff at both schools, parents and Trade Unions for their views on bringing the two schools together. The results show that 72 percent of respondents supported a merger.

If councillors approve the recommendation to merge the schools, a legal notice would be issued on November 19followed by a six week period where people could share their views on the plans.