Proposal to close Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England Primary School
Have your say on the proposal to close Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England Primary School on 31 December 2016.
Why has closure been proposed?
There are currently only 36 pupils on roll with about 75% surplus places. The school budget will continue to reduce as pupil numbers drop which will make it difficult to maintain staffing levels and provide an effective curriculum.
The most recent Ofsted inspection of the school in March 2014 judged the school as 'requiring improvement'. Improvements have not been sufficient in the meantime to move the school out of that judgement should it be inspected again in the near future.
Have your say
A public consultation ran from 16 May 2016 to 24 June 2016.
A statutory public notice was issued from 7 July 2016 to 4 August 2016.
Cabinet made the decision to close the school after considering a report which summarises the concerns that we have about the low pupil numbers attending Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England Primary School, which is exacerbating the difficult budgetary situation the school is in. The low pupil intake is not expected to increase enough in the foreseeable future to improve the budgetary situation. There are other schools in the local area that can accommodate the pupils from Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England Primary School.
In addition, in the view of officers, the existing educational performance is of significant concern. The school was judged 'Requires Improvement' by Ofsted in March 2014. The school was inspected by Ofsted again on 28-29 June 2016 and once more the school was judged as 'Requires Improvement'. The other schools in the local area have been judged 'Good' or 'Outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted inspection, therefore there should be no negative impact on the standard of education that pupils will receive as a result of the closure of Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England Primary School.
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