Wellingborough schools merger gets the green light

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A move to merge two schools has been given the go-ahead.

Oakway Infant School and Oakway Junior School in Wellingborough will join together after proposals were approved at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday.

The new school will be called Diamond Learning Community, a move Cllr Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said he was “not a supporter” of.

Other concerns were raised at the meeting by councillors and parents.

Parent Cathy Mulholland said: “As a parent of children at Oakway my concern is the head is not experienced enough to deal with the post.

“There are also quite a lot of parents upset over the change in uniform.”

Corby county councillor Mark Bullock said: “Schools have a sense of legacy and if it is known as Oakway you have got to have a very good reason to change it. It really is a daft idea.”

Wellingborough borough councillor Graham Lawman said: “This is a school which serves a deprived area so the cost of uniform is a concern.”

Cllr Grant, said: “We are aware of the concerns but in terms of the process that has been undertaken, I am confident the right procedures have been followed.”

Councillors also approved proposals to increase the size of Brambleside Primary School in Kettering from 315 places to 420, and Gretton Primary School from 105 places to 140.

They also agreed to dispose of the old Maplefields Special School in Kettering, which has now been superseded by a new school in Corby.