Petition against Oundle school fields sell-off attracts 2,000 signatures

The education switch announced last year sparked protests

The education switch announced last year sparked protests

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A petition opposing the proposed sell-off of school fields in Oundle has attracted more than 2,000 signatures of support in a matter of weeks.

Oundle Primary School is relocating to the Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School site this summer, in time for the next academic year when there will be a switch from the current three-tier education system in Oundle and Thrapston to a two-tier system, which mirrors the rest of the county.

As part of the switch, Northamptonshire County Council has said that part of the middle school’s playing fields could be sold off.

Parent Jo Trott said: “The sale of a significant portion of the school field will reduce the outdoor provision by half.

“During consultation in 2014, the county council said funding would be available through loans and the sale of the current Oundle Primary School site in Milton Road.

“This sale was a very late and largely unpublicised addition to the plan.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “The transformation from a middle school to a primary school means the current level of outdoor space exceeds that required for the age range and number of pupils attending the primary school. Therefore, we are looking to sell a section of the playing fields in order to reinvest the proceeds back into education in Oundle.

“Oundle Primary School will have one of the largest primary school sites in the county and this space will continue to be available for community groups and clubs to hire.”

The petition can be found at tinyurl.com/oundlefield.