Consultations - Academy Status & West Tynedale Proposals

The schools ran a six-week consultation exercise between Friday 26th May and Friday 7th July 2017.

A comprehensive list of stakeholders was drawn up by the Project Steering Group and included: staff, parents, feeder parents, trade unions, the LA, local councillors, The CE Diocese, other local schools and academy trusts, and regular users of the schools’ premises.

 Written communication was circulated to all stakeholders, interactive presentations were given to staff, drop in sessions were held for parents and 121 sessions organised, where appropriate.

 A full report on consultation was presented to a combined meeting of governors on Monday 17th July. Individual governing bodies then considered all responses for their own school and ultimately made the decision to proceed with the process by submitting applications to convert to the DfE.

 Governors remain committed to keeping stakeholders updated throughout the conversion process.

As you will be aware, Northumberland County Council and Hadrian Learning Trust are currently consulting on options for the organisation of schools in the west of Northumberland, which includes schools in Haydon Bridge and Hexham Partnerships.  School leaders of schools in the west have already been consulted over the last month and now the second phase of this extensive consultation is now open to parents, staff, Governors, parish councils, the wider community and any one else with an interest.

The Consultation Document below sets out 3 models of organisation and we would like you to respond with your views on these. We would also like to hear if you have any alternative models that you believe would address the issues raised within the consultation document.

As Hadrian Learning Trust is an academy, it is not part of the NCC consultation. They have now also gone out to consultation.This is an online response which will have a knock on effect to the decision made by the council. If QEHS are successful in their formal consultation to become a secondary school, the landscape of education in Northumberland County Council will be effected and changes will take place as soon as 2019. The deadline for this is 29th March.
The full consultation document, a summary, and the response form are available on the QEHS website.

The questions that you will be asked are:
  1. Name
  2. Postcode
  3. Are you responding mainly asParent-Carer/Staff member/Pupil-Student/School Governor-Trustee/Local Resident/Local Councillor/Other
  4. Your views on Proposal One
    Do you agree that HMS and QEHS should be amalgamated and expand to create an 11-18 Secondary school? Yes/No/Don't know 
  5. If you wish, please give the reasons for the answer you have given above. 
  6. Your Views on Proposal Two
    If a decision is taken by Northumberland County Council/Department for Education to close Haydon Bridge High School, do you agree that QEHS should expand to provide places for children from the Haydon Bridge Partnership from September 2019? Yes/No/Don't know 
  7. If you wish, please give the reasons for the answer you have given above. 
  8. Alternative suggestions
    If you have any alternative suggestions that meet the Trust's objectives of improving educational outcomes and experience, financial sustainability and capital investment, please state them here.
The online response is easy and quick to complete (click here) and I urge you to complete it. 


We have included relevant links and documents for individuals to respond to the consultation.