1. Tom Sheldrick

Middle school fights closure with Academy approval

One of Northumberland's top-performing schools, which has threatened with closure under council reorganisation plans, has gained approval from the government to convert to an Academy.

The headteacher at Ponteland Community Middle School said the move meant they could celebrate "securing the long term future" of the school.

Ponteland Community Middle School has 600 pupils, aged between 9 and 13.

The school, which was judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors in 2008 and 2013, has been under threat after Northumberland County Council last month decided to hold a consultation on proposals to move to a system of primary and secondary schools in Ponteland, rather than the current three-tier model.