A north Suffolk school with just three pupils is a step closer to closing in the summer.
Following a consultation period, Suffolk County Council has issued a statutory notice, proposing to close Stoke Ash Primary School, near Eye, on August 31.
Six responses were received during the consultation period, with issues such as high pupil numbers at other schools, concerns about the council’s ability to meet possible future need should demand increase in the area, and the negative impact of no school in the village being raised. Some believe standards at the school have improved since the last inspection, and fallen at other schools.
The school, which can accommodate 70 pupils, had as many as 20 children in September last year. It was found to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspection in September, and was placed into special measures.
According to the Full Closure Document on the Suffolk County Council website, the aim of the proposed closure is “to provide children living in the area with a higher standard of education,” stating that despite support from the council, including partnerships with other schools, it has been unable to improve in “educational outcomes” for its children.
People can now support, object, or make comments on the proposal to the council until April 18.