UPDATED: Consultation on school closure

Brocklesby Park School EMN-140112-123011001
Brocklesby Park School EMN-140112-123011001

A consultation process has begun on the future of 
Brocklesby Park Primary School, which could see it close next August.

Following careful consideration of how to secure a viable future for the school, the Governing Body has asked the local authority to start the consultation process on the proposal to close the school with effect from August 31.

There are currently 15 pupils on roll at Brocklesby Park Primary School, which has a potential capacity for 56.

If the process continues through to the later stages, the final decision on whether or not the school remains open will be made by the local authority in May 2015 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, parents of pupils currently on roll are being strongly advised to keep their children at the school during the rest of this academic year, whatever the outcome of this process.

“We support the decision of the governing body to consult on a proposal to close the school,” said Matthew Clayton, School Organisation Planning Manager.

“After careful consideration, it’s clear that low pupil numbers, that have been falling for a number of years, and future low projected numbers, will not secure a viable future for the school.

“Children should be entitled to a breadth of quality teaching and learning and finances won’t allow this to happen.

“The school has worked hard to promote the school to attract more pupils but numbers have remained low and the number of children in the immediate area alone is not enough to support a sustainable primary school.

“Parents could make a difference to school numbers during the current admissions process for September 2015 and the county council will work with the school throughout this process.”

Mr Clayton also confirmed all pupils would be guaranteed a place at a suitable neighbouring school for 2015/16 if the school were to close.