Closure of Whitby school with just two pupils moves forward

Final preparations have begun to shut a Whitby school with just two pupils left on its roll.

Friday, 29th January 2021, 3:37 pm
Updated Friday, 29th January 2021, 3:39 pm

A statutory notice for the closure of St Hilda’s Roman Catholic Primary School has been published by North Yorkshire County Council.

A four-week consultation period has now started for anyone who wishes to make their views known before a final decision is taken.

Earlier this month, the council’s Executive agreed to continue with the closure process.

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St Hilda’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

A report by council officers said that the proposed closure was not related to any issue with school standards but due to falling pupil numbers over a number of years which meant that the school was no longer financially sustainable.

The school does not have a distinct catchment but as a faith school takes pupils from Whitby and surrounding rural areas.

Attempts by governors to find a solution to the potential closure last year did not produce an alternative plan and many pupils moved to St Hedda’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Egton Bridge last September.

Stuart Carlton, the council’s director of Children’s Services, said: “Whenever we have to take forward a proposal for school closure we do so with a heavy heart. The consultation response to date indicates an acceptance of the situation here given only two pupils remain on roll.

“Nevertheless, we would welcome any further views to be made known before the Executive takes a final decision.”

The notice was published on January 22 and the consultation closes at 5pm on February 19.