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Merger of two March schools is not a done deal says council leader

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Two March schools could be merged if a new proposal comes together.

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a consultation on amalgamating Maple Grove Infant School and Westwood Junior School.

The new Westwood Primary School would continue to operate on both the existing sites from September, if the proposal is approved.

From September, the school could offer 90 places per year group or a total of 630. It would eventually provide 840 places by 2022.

The move is a result of the recent Ofsted report in which Maple Grove was judged to be inadequate and placed in special measures, while Westwood received a good rating.

If the proposal goes ahead the Westwood governing body would decide the new staffing structure and initially ring fence vacant posts for Maple Grove staff, who are being asked to re-apply for their jobs. When the news broke on Friday, Maple Grove parents voiced their outrage on social media, with many praising staff at the school.

The consultation will run until February 27 and the county’s children and young people’s committee will make a decision on the proposal during a meeting on March 10.

A final decision on the proposal would need to be made by April 16.

Meetings are being held on February 4 at 3.30pm at Maple Grove and 7pm at Westwood.

Leader of the county council Steve Count wants parents to get involved with the consultation. He said: “It is not a done deal. It is up to people to say what is good or bad with the option.

“Be involved with the consultation. We all want what is best for the children.”

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