Battle to save village school ends in defeat

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NDTP Langtoft hw1312-7'Save Our Village School Signatures Driffield Pictured By Hannah Worrel hw1312-7

The fight to save one of Scarborough’s out lying village schools has been lost as the axe is dropped by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Councillors on the local authority voted to close Langtoft School, along with Gembling School, in a bid to cut costs.

Parents and teachers now face fears of the impact the closures, due to be enforced at the end of July, will have on their children and communities.

Ten staff now face redundancy from Langtoft School.

Mrs Wilson, Langtoft’s headteacher said: “As a school and as a community we are very disappointed in the decision that has been made today.

“Children get first class education here - I know it is expensive but there is not much other spending by the local authority in this village.

“The school is the hub of the village and everyone here will be devastated. We have something good that is coming to an end.”

Jo Richardson, chairwoman of the Friends of Langtoft School, earlier this year spearheaded a petition to keep the school open. She said: “I feel sick to my stomach. Part of me thinks it is going to be completely devastating for the village but what we have now got to do is make sure that it is not.”

Key Stage Two children at Langtoft, which had 16 pupils on its roll, will be moved to Driffield Junior or Kilham Primary along with the Key Stage One and Foundation Year children.

not financially viable

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, told the Cabinet Langtoft Primary School costs £231,000 to run, which equates at £14,475 per pupil.

She said: “We remain third lowest funded authority in the country and with all of our schools already running as lean as they can, we have to ensure that we do not worsen the position for some schools.

“It is vital that we get maximum value for money from our education funding. We have to ensure that every penny is spent wisely and benefits the maximum number of children possible.”