Former north Suffolk primary school to become centre for Guide Association

  • Former Stoke Ash Primary School to become centre for Guide Association
  • School made national headlines for having just three pupils

A north Suffolk primary school which was the smallest in the country and closed nearly two years ago has been taken on by the Guide Association.

Stoke Ash Primary School, which had only three pupils and shut its doors in the summer of 2014, will become a new centre for the charity, providing a space for “adventure and fun” for young people across Suffolk.

Girlguiding Suffolk is working in partnership with Suffolk County Council to transform the former Stoke Ash Primary School into a Girlguiding residential centre giving hundreds of local girls a space to develop their confidence, try new things, make new friends and reach their full potential

Tricia Hale, Girlguiding Suffolk County Commissioner

Tricia Hale, Girlguiding Suffolk County Commissioner, said: “Girlguiding Suffolk is working in partnership with Suffolk County Council to transform the former Stoke Ash Primary School into a Girlguiding residential centre giving hundreds of local girls a space to develop their confidence, try new things, make new friends and reach their full potential.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Council added: “The former Stoke Ash Primary School site was passed to the Guide Association because of a number of factors. The value of the site was limited due to its location however, the Guide Association put forward a business case that demonstrated the benefits that their use of the property could bring to young people.

“These also matched the priorities of Suffolk County Council, as we always seek to improve our young people’s skills to give them the very best chance of fulfilling, or even exceeding, their natural potential.”

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