Parents’ views wanted on school changes

PLANS to change three Weston schools are afoot, and parents views are wanted by the council.

Mendip Green and Hillside first schools and St Martin’s Junior School would all be affected by the changes as North Somerset Council looks to turn all junior, infant and first schools into primary schools from September 2012.

The changes would increase the number of places in the three schools by around 315, and information events have been organised to inform parents about the effects of the changes.

A 630-place primary school would be established at St Martin’s, which currently has 495 places, with a primary school able to offer up to 90 school places per year group to increase the overall capacity of the school by 135 places.

A primary school with the same number of places would be established at Mendip Green, which currently has 480 places, and would see its capacity increased by 150 places, while 180-place Hillside would be expanded to accommodate 210 places.

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A consultation document featuring a questionnaire has been drawn up on the plans, and is available for staff, pupils and teachers, and other organisations, and is available to view online at

The information events will take place at St Martin’s on September 29 from 1.30-2.30pm, 4-5pm and 7.30-8.30pm.

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The council’s executive member for children and young people, Cllr Jeremy Blatchford, said of the plans: “Children will not be changing schools every few years and the proposals will be far easier for parents too with, we hope, one school taking all the under 11s in a family rather than as many as three different schools.”

Questionnaires must be handed into one of the three schools or the town hall by 4pm on October 14.

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