The East Riding primary pupils whose morning lessons are six miles away

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A VILLAGE school in a remote part of Yorkshire is having to take children to another school for English and maths lessons after being unable to recruit a permanent teacher.

From this month pupils in years five and six at Easington Primary, in the East Riding, will be travelling six miles to Patrington Primary for their morning sessions of literacy and numeracy.

The 21 pupils in these year groups will stay to eat lunch at Patrington and then return to Easington at 12.30pm for the afternoon.

Easington is just off the east coast close to the mouth of the Humber.

The two schools are part of the same academy trust and have one head teacher.

The decision has been taken following the departure of a supply teacher at Christmas who had been expected to stay until July.

The schools’ headteacher Sal Smith said; “Easington is the most easterly school in the East Riding and is further away from a town than any other school in the district. Half of what would be our catchment area is the North Sea.

“We have advertised twice but have not been able to recruit a teacher for this post.”

A statement for the William Temple Academy Trust, set up by the York Diocese, which runs the two schools said: “We have had to make this decision due to staffing issues. Easington Primary Academy has been unable to appoint a full time member of staff since Mrs Rowley left last summer. Our long term supply teacher is finishing this Christmas instead of July, as was expected, and the supply agencies have been unable to supply a suitable replacement teacher.

“A great deal of thought has gone into how the academy can best meet the needs of the pupils, especially for year six pupils who will be taking Sats in May.

“With this in mind, we shall be providing transport for all Easington’s year five and six pupils to go to Patrington for literacy and numeracy teaching.”

The lessons will run from 9.15am until noon. The trust said each year group will be taught alongside “the appropriate Patrington year group”.

The trust statement added: “While this means the classes will be bigger, we will be providing additional support in the form of extra teaching assistants for the classes.

“We recognise that this means more change for the Easington years five and six but we have no option. We hope that being taught by the class teachers at Patrington will provide more consistency for the pupils than a succession of supply teachers for a couple of weeks at a time.

“Teaching is good within the school and the Patrington staff have already worked with Easington staff in the planning and assessment of pupils’ work, so they already know what had been taught and the standards of the classes. Most other systems and routines, such as collective worship and behaviour policy are the same at Easington and Patrington.”

An open meeting for parents is planned for mid-January to discuss how the scheme is working.

The trust hope to appoint a full time teacher “as soon as possible to resolve this situation.”