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Consultation on school after pupil numbers drop to new low...


Saturday 24th February, 2024





A rural village primary school locally could close due to dwindling pupil numbers. For the last 15 years, St Hilda’s Church of England Primary School in Ampleforth, has had no more than 36 pupils. It currently only has 13 children on roll. It has seen a consistently low intake of new pupils in recent years and it is highly likely to have no reception age pupils at the beginning of the next academic year (September).

The school’s governing board recently approached North Yorkshire Council to request a consultation on a proposal to close the school, which has experienced growing pressure on its finances and challenges with future sources of leadership. The council considered the request 20 February, and the executive member for education, learning and skills, Cllr Annabel Wilkinson, has decided to proceed with the consultation.



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