Alburgh with Denton head’s hopes for small schools

Alburgh with Denton headteacher Joel Crawley

Alburgh with Denton headteacher Joel Crawley

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The headteacher of a recently-rated ‘outstanding’ primary school says he hopes there is a future for small schools — claiming they play a “vital” role in rural communities.

Brockdish Primary School, one of the UK’s smallest with just 12 pupils on their roll is facing potential closure, while Stoke Ash Primary School, and Norfolk’s Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Church of England Primary School, closed their doors in 2014.

Size is no guarantee of success – if a school has strong leadership and good teachers, it will be successful whatever its size

Joel Crawley

Alburgh with Denton Primary School, which had 60 pupils on roll six years ago and was rated ‘outstanding’ last month, now has 97 children but is described as “much smaller than average” by the regulatory body.

Headteacher Joel Crawley — also the executive headteacher at Brockdish Primary School, told the Diss Express: “We certainly hope there is a future for small schools as we believe they play a vital role in bringing isolated rural communities together.

“ Size is no guarantee of success – if a school has strong leadership and good teachers, it will be successful whatever its size.

“However, it is very important for small schools to be outward looking and to share good practice with other schools in order to ensure their pupils have the same opportunities as those at larger schools.”

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