Two Peacehaven schools to merge despite '95% opposition'

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Two schools in East Sussex are to merge despite 95% of people taking part in a public consultation saying they disagreed with the plan.

Peacehaven Infant School and Hoddern Junior School will become one "all-through" school.

East Sussex County Council said a merger would raise standards, but the vast majority of people consulted disagreed.

The council said the merger was "the right way forward".

Nick Bennett, cabinet member for learning and school effectiveness, said: "It is very clear that many do not like our proposals to close these two schools and create a new primary in their place.

"However, while people raised very legitimate concerns and I can understand those concerns, I still believe these important plans are the right way forward for these schools and the pupils who attend them.

"Improving overall standards and attainment for the children attending these schools has to be our priority and I believe amalgamating the schools will help achieve that."

If the plans are approved by the Department for Education both schools will close on 31 August 2012.

They will be replaced immediately by a new primary school on the two sites.

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