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Stoke Ash: D-Day looms for school as council ponders closure

06:00 06 February 2014

Education bosses are reviewing a consultation into the future of Stoke Ash Community Primary School

Education bosses are reviewing a consultation into the future of Stoke Ash Community Primary School

Education chiefs are under pressure to decide whether a school with as few as three pupils should close after the consultation on its future finished.

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Teachers and parents from Stoke Ash Community Primary School, near Eye, now have to wait to see what Suffolk County Council will do after pupil numbers dramatically dropped following an “inadequate” Ofsted inspection in September.

At the time of the report there were 21 children attending but since the inspection parents have moved children to other schools to make it what is believed to be the smallest in the country.

The school said there had been no indication on the consultation’s outcome and until then students would still attend with teachers providing the “best education” possible.

Andrew Stringer, Green county councillor for the area, said there were still a “number of questions” the council needed to answer.

“Obviously it’s not looking brilliant at the moment,” he said.

“There’s questions that need to be asked – a number of concerns about whether people have done enough to prevent this from happening.”

The county council has tried forging partnerships between the school and others nearby but admitted they had come to “dead ends”.

It is understood in the past few years the school shared the same headteacher as nearby Thorndon CEVCP Primary School.

A spokesman for the council
said: “Now the consultation has finished we will analyse the responses and make a decision on the next steps.”

The Ofsted inspection found the school’s performance in three out of the four marked areas was “inadequate”. Statutory notices advising of the school’s closure could be published this month.

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