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Stoke Ash: Suffolk County Council proposes to close village school

17:12 21 March 2014

Stoke Ash Primary School is set to close after student numbers fell

Stoke Ash Primary School is set to close after student numbers fell

One of the smallest schools in the country is set to close after pupil numbers plummeted.

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Stoke Ash Community Primary School has capacity for 70 children but only three were attending in January.

The school was branded “inadequate” following an Ofsted inspection in September.

Now, following a consultation Suffolk County Council is proposing to close the school, near Eye, at the end of the summer term.

The council’s closure proposal said: “Despite targeted and focussed support from the LA (local authority) over

recent years, including partnerships with other schools, the school has been unable to make a sustained improvement in educational outcomes for its pupils.

“Following the Ofsted inspection in September 2013 the school was placed in special measures. No academy sponsor could be found to turn the school into an academy and improve standards.

“Falling pupil numbers (20 in September to three in January) and changes to school funding mean the school now suffers significant budgetary difficulties, making it difficult for the school to bring in the necessary expertise to address the weaknesses identified by Ofsted.”

No-one from the school has been available for comment.

A final decision on the school’s future is expected to be made by the council’s cabinet on June 10.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal can do so by contacting Sarah Hammond, Schools Infrastructure, Children and Young People’s Services, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX.

Or by email sarah.hammond@suffolk.gov.uk.

All comments need to be made by April 18.

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