Minsterworth School to close

 

Following a public consultation the council has agreed to the board of governor’s request to close the school at the end of 2017.

The consultation followed a review by the school’s governors which showed low numbers of pupils meant there was not enough projected funding for future years.

With a smaller budget to operate on each year due to the very low pupil numbers the board of governors asked Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Diocese to consider closing Minsterworth C of E Primary.

Following this consultation the decision has now been taken to close the school on the grounds of it being financially unsustainable.

GCC published a statutory notice on Wednesday 27th September formally proposing the school closes on 31st December 2017.

The county council’s admissions team have worked with parents of children at the school to help them find placements at schools in the area.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The board of Governors at Minsterworth asked us to look at closing the school because so few pupils wanted to go there.

“The decision to close a school is not one that we take lightly. However, it is clear that this was the only option for the school due to its unsustainable financial situation.

“There has been no decision made about what will happen to the site as yet, but staff from the county council and the Diocese of Gloucester will be visiting the premises to make sure it is secure once it closes.”

If the statutory proposal is approved, the school will formally close on 31st December 2017.