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Will rebuilt Northfleet school become part of the Co-op?

PUBLISHED: 11:25 09 May 2011 | UPDATED: 11:25 09 May 2011

l to r Chair of Govenors Jean Christie and Headteacher Julie Wilson

l to r Chair of Govenors Jean Christie and Headteacher Julie Wilson

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They already run supermarkets, funeral care and banks and now a rebuilt secondary school could be joining the Co-operative.

Northfleet School for Girls begun consultation on Thursday to become one of the first Co-op schools in the county, joining with educational partners such as North West Kent College, University of Greenwich and The University of the First Age.

The school underwent a multi-million pound renovation as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme and now hopes to link with these partners to open up educational opportunities for both pre-secondary pupils and graduates in the area.

Headteacher Julie Wilson is in favour of the change.

She said: “The Co-operative have a history of trying to provide education for the working man and have a set of values that I see as important in education.

“Our school’s motto is always learning, learning always and this philosophy would be carried forward with links with these institutions.”

Northfleet School for Girls is currently controlled by the local education authority, Kent County Council, which owns the land and provides funding.

By changing to a Co-operative school the land would be held by the group, in trust, securing it as a place for education for the future, though funding would continue to be provided by KCC.

Consultation forms have been sent to parents, staff, and members of the other partners with replies due by May 25.

The school’s board of governors will then make a decision, with an announcement expected by the end of July.

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