‘Miracle’ of Save Our School campaign

10:30 16 June 2014

Musbury Primary School

Musbury Primary School

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Musbury residents amazed by the dramatic turnaround with pupil numbers now up to 20

Musbury Primary School head John MontgomeryMusbury Primary School head John Montgomery

Villagers have dubbed their primary school “The Musbury Miracle” after it was rescued from the brink of closure.

Falling pupil numbers – down to just four at one stage - had put the school’s future in serious doubt before residents began a campaign to save it.

This week head teacher John Montgomery said another child was soon to join - bringing the number up to 20.

He told The Herald: “The school has not only secured themselves financially, but has grown at a rate that could only have been dreamed of.

“Some of the locals are beginning to refer to the school as ‘The Musbury Miracle’. I have been overwhelmed by the constant and continuous support of the villagers.

“This includes well-known locals such as Councillor Andrew Moulding and Michael Pritchard, from Pecorama, who have offered much of their own time.

“The school now has 19 children and has returned to a two class structure, giving the children the luxury of class sizes of nine and 10.”

Meanwhile generous donations from two local garden centres is helping the school to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One.

Sidmouth Garden Centre and Colyton Garden Shop have supplied poppy and flower seeds for the youngsters to plant.

And on Friday, July 11, between 2pm and 6pm, the school will be holding a summer fair - with a free cup of tea on offer to all local people.

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