More than 6,000 people have signed petitions opposing the proposed closure of South Shields School. South Tyneside Council issued a statutory notice for the closure of the school on Nevinson Avenue after it failed to find an academy sponsor. The secondary school is facing the prospect of closure on August 31, 2020. While the council received 129 requests for pupil transfers to other schools following the changes, a campaign has been launched to keep the school open. On Thursday, two ‘Save South Shields School’ petitions were submitted at a full council meeting at South Shields Town Hall, with a total of 6,630 signatures. This included an online petition with 2,738 signatures – 984 from people living in South Tyneside – and a physical petition with 3,892 signatures. The council’s mayor, Coun Ken Stephenson added the petitions were not up for debate at the meeting and would be referred to council officers for consideration. The move to take South Shields School out of local authority control was triggered after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted last year. It is understood that its failure to attract an academy sponsor was linked to falling pupil numbers which had an impact on the… Read full this story
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