“Heavy heart” at closure notice for Kell Bank Primary School

This story was published 16 February 2021

Consultation on the closure of a North Yorkshire primary school with only six pupils on roll is currently taking place.

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North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive has given the go-ahead for publication of the closure notice for Kell Bank Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Healey, near Masham to allow a further representation period.

The Executive agreed recently to continue with the closure process following a report by officers, which explained that the proposal was not related to any issue with school standards but due to falling rolls over a number of years and very low pupil numbers which meant that the school was not financially sustainable. 

Stuart Carlton, Director of Children’s Services, said: “Whenever we have to take forward a proposal for school closure we do so with a heavy heart. We know the value of village schools but such low numbers cannot financially sustain a school and can have a negative impact on the social and educational interests of children remaining.

“In the main the consultation response to date appears to indicate an acceptance of the situation here given only six pupils remain on roll.

“Nevertheless, we would welcome any further views to be made known before the Executive takes a final decision.”