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Agenda item

Review of School Provision - Wolsingham School and Sixth Form: Future Options for Education in the Weardale Community


The Cabinet considered a joint report of the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services and the Corporate Director of Resources which provided an update on the work that has been undertaken as part of the review of education provision in County Durham which was agreed by Cabinet on 15 November 2017.  The report made recommendations in relation to Wolsingham School and Sixth Form which could affect other schools and education provision in general in the wider Weardale area (for copy see file of minutes).

Councillor O Gunn, Cabinet portfolio holder for Children and Young People’s Services responded to the questions submitted by Councillors Savory and Shuttleworth, members of the public, and comments made by a representative of Stanhope Parish Council. Written responses would be provided to those members of the public who had submitted questions in advance and not attended the meeting in person.

Councillor Gunn emphasised that the county council were fully committed to continue working with the schools and the community to find a long term sustainable solution to the issues of financial viability of the school, and that there were two viable options set out in the report which she asked the community to focus on. She thanked all those who had been involved in the review for discussing and sharing their views.



That the recommendations contained in the report be approved.


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Democratic Services
Durham County Council
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