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Proposal to merge Bowburn Infant and Nursery school and Bowburn Junior school

We are proposing to merge Bowburn Infant and Nursery school and Bowburn Junior school into a single primary school in a new build on the site of Bowburn Junior School from 1 September 2019.

What changes are being proposed?

We recognise that the primary phase of education (age 0-11) is a critical part in developing children. We aim to move towards a model of "all through" primary schools instead of separate infant and junior schools where it is practicable to do so. All schools must be viable and sustainable for the long term as well as being able to respond to growth from housing developments and increases in population.

Bowburn is an area of County Durham that has experienced, and continues to experience, significant growth from housing developments which is putting pressure on school places. Bowburn Junior School building cannot be easily made larger to take extra pupils that will move into the area as a result of new housing developments. The most effective solution for Bowburn to address the pressure on school places and to address the issue of the Bowburn Junior School building is a new build primary school. It is intended that the proposed new build primary school would have a capacity for up to 540 pupils (age 4-11) and a 52 place nursery unit to 'future proof' the school for any further developments planned for the area.  

We have agreed to allocate resources of about £8.2million for a new build to replace the existing Bowburn Infant and Nursery and Bowburn Junior Schools.

Have your say 

A public consultation ran from 2 October 2017 to 12 November 2017.

A statutory public notice has now been issued for four weeks from 23 November 2017:

A copy of the full proposal is attached below. If you require a paper copy of the full proposal please contact us using the contact details on this page:

What happens next?

Once the statutory notice period ends, our Cabinet will decide whether to agree the proposed changes.

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