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Views sought on Oriel academy plans

PUBLISHED: 10:41 12 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:39 30 June 2010

People in Gorleston are being asked for their views on proposals to close Oriel High at the end of August and replace them immediately with academies on the same sites.

People in Gorleston are being asked for their views on proposals to close Oriel High at the end of August and replace them immediately with academies on the same sites.

The formal consultation is the next stage in the process after the government last week accepted expressions of interest for the academies, which would open in the existing buildings on September 1.

Academies are independent, state-funded secondary schools, run by sponsors. Both proposed academies have Ormiston Trust as lead sponsor.

The formal consultations started on February 9 and will close on March 24.

Children at all schools in the catchment areas will be given a copy of the consultation questionnaire for their area to take home - as will pupils at Lynn Grove and Cliff Park high schools in Gorleston.

The document is available online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/schoolorganisation.

The council is also sending copies to doctors' surgeries, post offices and libraries and people can e-mail schoolreview@norfolk.gov.uk to ask for one.

There will also be drop-in events at Oriel High on Monday March 8, from 3pm to 8.30 pm, and at Costessey High on Friday March 12, from 3pm to 8.30pm.

After the consultation ends, the council's cabinet will decide whether to issue a public notice to close both schools so they could be replaced with academies. Subject to final agreement by the government, cabinet would make the final decision on June 14.

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