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Schools to amalgamate

Two primary schools on the Island are to amalgamate.

The move, which has been in the pipeline for some time, follows the decision of the current head at Murray's Road, Stephen Taylor, to step down from the role in February following recent bouts of ill health.

Linda Green, headteacher at Ballaquayle Infants School since 1998, will take over as head of both schools with immediate effect and will oversee their formal amalgamation in the coming months.

Mr Taylor, head of Murray's Road for 15 years, will not be leaving education altogether as he intends to return to classroom teaching. He said his decision was in the best interests of both the school and his own long-term health.

The Department of Education has had a long-term aim to combine the two schools, a move which it's claimed hasn't been driven by financial constraints.

Martin Barrow, Director of Education with the Department of Education and Children, says the model was under consideration well before the current economic difficulties and the decision is based on educational rather than financial reasons.

'In the short term, we see few if any financial saving from this and even in the longer term any saving is likely to be minimal,' he said.

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