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Consultation starts on future of Easton Garford Endowed School

Staff at a first school are consulting on becoming a primary school and say the school could face closure if the proposals don’t go ahead.

Easton Garford Endowed School in Easton-on-the-Hill is consulting parents and the community on the possibility of becoming a primary school this September, which would enable the school to take children up to the age of 11, instead of nine.

At the moment children go onto Oundle and King’s Cliffe Middle School.

If the proposals go-ahead, the school would get an additional class and the number of pupils on roll would increase from the current 40.

An increase in the number of pupils on roll would result in more funding.

Headteacher Nicola Wynne and chairman of governors Helen Gibbons said the school had capacity to take an extra class. The school also has staff experienced at teaching across the whole primary spectrum.

They said in a statement that if the proposals don’t go ahead “in the long term we fear that our school will have to close”.

The school was established as the result of a bequest and has charity status. It was a primary school until the late 1980s with 100 children on roll but changed to a first school when a three-tier system was introduced.

A meeting for parent and carers to discuss the proposals will be held on Wednesday, January 30, at 7pm, and a public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20, at 6pm, both at the school.

 

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