Plans to merge two Norfolk primary schools have received the green light.
The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust submitted a business case for amalgamating Wormegay Church of England Primary School and Runcton Holme Church of England Primary School following an extensive public consultation.
The proposal has now been approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner, Headteacher Board and a government minister.
The decision means the catchment areas of the two schools will be redrawn. The newly merged school will be renamed Holy Cross Church of England Primary School.
Adrian Ball, Chief Executive of the Trust, said he was pleased the minister had approved the plans.
“The Trust would like to thank everyone who contributed to the consultation, every view was taken into account and considered,” he added. “We are happy the minister has given the go-ahead to the merger.
“It will ensure the Trust can continue to provide high-quality education to children across the three parishes long into the future.
“The Trust will work to limit the disruption to pupils, parents and teaching staff during the transition and will provide a new school uniform for every child free of charge.
“The decision marks the start of a new chapter for education in the area.”
The decision to open a consultation was made by the Trust’s board on December 16 last year.
In total, there were 85 responses to the consultation, with 57.7% in favour, 40% disagreeing and 21.3% expressing no opinion.
Wormegay CofE Primary School currently has 25 pupils on roll and a capacity of 49. Meanwhile, Runcton Holme CofE Primary has 39 pupils and a 70-pupil capacity.
After a drop in pupils numbers, the Trust believes the schools were too small to sustain individually. As a result, the merger was the best way to secure a sustainable and high-quality education for children.
The new Holy Cross Church of England Primary School will open to pupils in September.