Should Hunstanton Infant and Redgate Junior Schools merge..?

Ken Arnott, who taught at Hunstanton County Primary.

Ken Arnott, who taught at Hunstanton County Primary. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

Two West Norfolk schools could be merged on one site if parents agree.

Norfolk County Council is consulting on proposals to merge Hunstanton Infant and nearby Redgate Junior schools.

It says both schools have shared the same head and governing body since 2009, and governors now want to combine the two into a single school, which would be run on the Redgate site.

A county council spokesman said: 'We are currently in the middle of a six week statutory consultation period on a proposal to amalgamate Hunstanton Infant School and Redgate Junior School into a single all-through primary school for children aged 4-11 on the junior school site.

'This consultation is with the governors, staff, parents and stakeholders of both schools, where we will be listening to arguments for and against the proposal and will end on Friday, February 28.


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'If the proposal is accepted following the consultation then Norfolk County Council's director of children's services will decide whether to proceed and publish a public notice.'

Retired teacher Ken Arnott, now 89, joined the former Hunstanton County Primary School in 1953 and retired as its deputy head in the mid-1980s.

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'It was a lovely old school, they built it in the old days,' he said. 'It was solid carr stone with a really warm feeling, I remember the days of open fires when I taught there. It was a very good school.'

Both schools were rated good after their last Ofsted inspection, in 2011. Inspectors also noted that the infant school, with 76 pupils on its roll and the junior, with 108, were smaller than the average for Norfolk.

Public notices would confirm the formal legal moves to close the Hunstanton Infant School, on James Street.

Governors would then extend the range of pupils taught at Redgate from seven - 11 to take in children from the age of four.

Responses to the consultation, which closes on Friday, February 28, can be made by email to schoolreview@norfolk.gov.uk.

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