Musbury school’s future in doubt

PUBLISHED: 10:24 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:24 27 June 2013

Musbury Primary School. Photo by Chris Carson

Musbury Primary School. Photo by Chris Carson

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Pupils numbers fall to just 18 despite capacity for 82

The future of Musbury Primary School is in doubt this week.

It faces closure because of failing pupil numbers.

Devon County Council is currently consulting on the future of the school ahead of any final decision.

Musbury Primary takes children aged four to 11 and is maintained by Devon County Council (DCC).

Pupil numbers have fallen over recent years and while it has physical capacity to take up to 82, currently there are just 18 on roll.

This situation is not forecast to improve with a number of children leaving at the end of year Six and a small intake for September.

Education officials say that delivering a full and balanced curriculum and the ability to fulfil age-related expectations is difficult with such a small and decreasing number of children.

Devon County Council and the governing body stress their primary concern is the best interests of the children and that pupils receive the best possible education and learning opportunities.

To achieve this, the governors have instigated a consultation on the future of the School which may result in a decision to close it.

This consultation process is a legal requirement and will involve pupils, parents and staff as well as other local schools, the Pre School, the community and all

stakeholders.

An information session at the school will take place

between 3pm and 6pm on Monday, July 1, when representatives of the county council and the governing body will be available to hear people’s views and answer questions.

Written responses should be received by 5pm on

Friday July 19.

Following the consultation Devon County Council’s

Cabinet will make a decision on the future of the school. Alternate schools will be advised to parents if closure is agreed.

The consultation brochure is available on-line at www.consultationfinder.com/devon

The closing date for responding is 5pm on Friday, July 19.


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