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Parents Advised to Move Children from Selby Village School Before Closure Decision


11:35am 20th September 2013

Parents at a school near Selby say they were advised to move their kids before a consultation begins on the school's future.

Yesterday, Minster FM reported about the possible closure Hirst Courtney and Temple Hirst primary school which only has four pupils, there were 19 pupils before the summer holidays.

North Yorkshire Council will take views on the school's future from next week.

But mum Jill Dawson says she and other parents were advised not to come back after the summer holidays at a meeting held just before the end of last term.

North Yorkshire County Council have responded by saying:

“It was made clear to parents of Hirst Courtney and Temple Hirst Community primary school in a meeting called by governors last summer that no decision about closure would be taken without a full consultation, which is due to take place." 

"Governors called the meeting because they wanted to share their concerns about the future of the school with parents given that the school roll would fall to 18 children.   Such low numbers limit children’s access to the full range of experiences they need, particularly opportunities to work with pupils of the same age and affect teaching resources." 

"The process of consultation was explained to parents as well as the timescale for a potential closure.  Parents were advised to do what they thought was the in the best interests of their child in the light of any decision to consult on closure by the county council’s executive." 

"Some parents took the decision to move their children to other schools. Chapel Haddlesey Church of England  Voluntary Controlled Primary School is only two miles from Hirst Courtney and had stated that it could accommodate all children. If parents did not want to opt for Chapel Haddlesey school, places would be available at other schools in the area."

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