Consultation on proposal to merge Ox Close Primary School and Oxclose Nursery School
We are proposing to merge Ox Close Primary School and Oxclose Nursery School into one primary school on the Durham Road site of the former Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive School from 8 April 2024.
Why this is being proposed
We are consulting on a proposal to merge Ox Close Primary School and Oxclose Nursery School into one primary school (age 2-11) in a new build on the Durham Road site of the former Tudhoe Grange Comprehensive School. We are aiming to move towards a model of 'all through' primary schools instead of separate nursery, infant and junior schools where it is practicable to do so. Merging the schools will mean that children can benefit from primary education in one school rather than changing schools at age 4.
All schools must be viable and sustainable for the long term as well as being able to respond to 'growth'. Spennymoor is an area of County Durham that has experienced and continues to experience significant growth via housing developments. This is putting pressure on school places across the town. The most effective solution for Spennymoor to address the pressure on places at Ox Close and across Spennymoor generally is a new build replacement school.
Read the full proposal:.
Have your say
- Complete the online form - Ox Close Primary and Oxclose Nursery consultation form.
- Email your response to email@example.com.
- Post response form (included in the proposal document) to School Places and Admissions Team, Children and Young People's Services, Business Reply Service, License No DU63 (Freepost), Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5BR
If you have any questions about the information in the proposal document, you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date and we will provide answers on this page.
The closing date for comments is Sunday 13 December 2020.
Questions and answers
As the proposed new build school is so large, is there an intention to close one of the other primary schools in Spennymoor?
The size of the of the proposed new build school is of a size required to accommodate all of the pupils currently on roll at Ox Close and to provide sufficient places to meet the projected shortfall in pupil places. The projected pupil rolls in the consultation document show that there is a need to retain all of the schools in Spennymoor and there is no intention to close any of the other schools.
Will the site for the proposed new school mean that parents/carers will be unable to get their child to and from it?
The site for the proposed new school is approximately half a mile from the current Ox Close School so parents/carers will still be able to get their child to and from school
Why are you not expanding the existing schools to provide the additional places?
Expanding some or all of the current schools was considered. However, some of the sites may not be large enough for the expansion required and some of them have issues with access. Furthermore this is not likely to provide a long term solution and future proof the area should any further housing developments be planned.
Why can the proposed new build not be on the existing Ox Close site?
The site is not large enough for a new build to be carried out alongside the existing primary and nursery buildings whilst they continues to run as schools. A new build on that site would also result in reduced playing field which would not be supported by Sport England.
Is the size of the proposed school too large?
If the proposal is agreed, the council would work with the school to ensure the pastoral care and ethos in the current schools are transferred to the new build which would be designed with this in mind. A larger school will provide opportunities above and beyond those currently provided.
What happens next
Once the consultation period ends, we will decide whether to move to the next stage in the process which is to issue a statutory public notice.