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Schools set to merge in autumn

PUBLISHED: 17:12 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

TWO primary schools are set to amalgamate in September. Bromley council announced plans to merge Tubbenden Infants School and Tubbenden Junior

TWO primary schools are set to amalgamate in September.

Bromley council announced plans to merge Tubbenden Infants School and Tubbenden Junior School, both in Sandy Bury, Orpington, last Tuesday.

In a committee document, it stated that the move could mean job cuts, but a council spokesman now insists there won't be any.

The Tubbenden schools approached the council and asked them to approve the merger.

Biggin Hill infants and juniors merged in January 2008 to the site in Old Tye Avenue and Oaklands primary school merged in September that year but the council said it has no plans for any other amalgamations.

There will be a six-week public consultation period when anyone who objects to the merger can make their views known.

If no objections are received, Bromley council will implement the decision. If objections are received, the matter is referred to the Schools' Adjudicator.

Executive Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, Ernest Noad said: "An amalgamated primary school will ensure consistent leadership and management across the school. Bromley council firmly believes it is in the best interests of the children.

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