High cost of staying open
In a classic battle of figures, Chris Roberts, a spokesman for the school board, told the education committee that retaining Newtyle would be a small price to pay. The Pounds 160,000 full-year saving represented a third of 1 per cent of the Pounds 48 million education budget, or Pounds 1.40 per head for council tax payers.
Critics also challenged the official view that children could lose out educationally. Richard Spiers, the Liberal Democrat councillor, said that Newtyle pupils attending Harris Academy did better on average than the rest of the school. One had become head boy and another head girl.