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Public to consider plans to combine Grimsby schools

A plan to combine a number of schools in Grimsby is being put to the public.

North East Lincolnshire Council wants to save money by cutting surplus places at Willows Estate schools.

The authority has put forward two options, one which could see up to four schools close, the other could see a number of primary schools merged.

Vivien Cutler, interim deputy director learning at the council, said: "We are not in a position to leave education in the Willows area as it is."

The council said of the options being considered, one was to close Willows Primary School, Great Coates primary and Littlecoates primary and then to expand Whitgift secondary school to an 'all-through school' for pupils aged three to 16.

Public meeting

The council said this type of school had a number of advantages, meaning children of all ages were able to share facilities and equipment and develop good relations with teachers over the whole of their education.

The second option is to close Whitgift school, Great Coates, Willows Primary and Littlecoates and open an amalgamated primary school for ages four to 11.

The council said this option would retain separate primary schooling but would mean there would be no secondary schooling for the Willows community.

The public is being invited to comment on the options and a public meeting is being held at Whitgift School on 12 October.

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