STOP THE SALE OF OUR SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS
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Northamptonshire County Council is proposing to sell a significant portion of the playing fields at the new site of Oundle CE Primary School.
We, the undersigned oppose this and the division of the current Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School site.
In 2014, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) announced the decision to change the structure of education provision in Oundle, Thrapston, Kings Cliffe and the surrounding areas of North-East Northamptonshire. As a result of the decision, Oundle CE Primary School will expand from its current Reception to Year 4 provision to Reception to Year 6 school (as directed by NCC) and will move location to the current site of Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School, whilst the current site will be sold along with its nearby playing field.
In selling a significant portion of the land, NCC will be reducing the overall school footprint by 23% and reducing the provision of outdoor space by c50%.
This school site currently enjoys an excellent rural setting on the edge of the town, providing outstanding playing fields and recreational open space to support the education of our children.
Oundle CE Primary enjoys close ties with community groups across Oundle and surrounding villages and the sale of any portion of the outdoor space at the school would greatly impact their ability to continue offering their services.
Rather than aiming to foster both an excellent educational and community facility, NCC seem determined to divide up the school site and sell off the land, and in doing so, destroy what could be a model school site.
Oundle CE Primary School is an OFSTED Outstanding school, served well by its dedicated staff and leadership team. Please support them by insisting that NCC delivers a school to be proud of. Do not allow short-term financial constraints to determine the long-term future of our school and wider community groups. Oundle children deserve better.
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