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Pupils in Fond Farewell

June 13, 2008

CHILDREN are preparing to step out on parade to bid a fond farewell to their school.

The 35 youngsters who are left at Princess Louise First School in Blyth are working hard on banners they will march with from their old school to their new school – Newsham First School – next month.

Thousands of Blyth schoolchildren have gone through the classrooms of the school since it opened in 1934.

It once taught more than 200 children. But since Northumberland County Council announced its Putting the Learner First strategy, which aims to close middle schools and switch the county to a two- tier school structure, the number has gone down to 35.

The Princess Louise pupils will move to Newsham First School at the start of their next school year. A new school building is to be built there.

The banners will be used for a closing celebration on Friday, July 18.

All past governors, staff, parents and pupils are invited to the closing celebration in Princess Louise Hall at 9am.

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