Consultation underway proposing closure of Brockdish Primary School

One of the smallest schools in the country is facing the risk of closure.

Norfolk County Council is proposing to close Brockdish Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School— which had 12 pupils as of September — from August 31, 2016.

The authority said the governing body at the Grove Road-based school had “raised concerns about the future sustainability and financial viability” of the school, which has served children for 180 years.

It added nine of the current pupils live within the catchment area. The school has provision for seven pupils in each year group, but is “regularly under subscribed.”

A consultation on the plans has now begun, which will run until February 29, while a public meeting will be held at the school at 6.30pm on Monday.

Wayne Hart, chair of governors at the school, told the Diss Express: “As a school, we have 12 children, and we have to put the children first.

“After speaking to our cluster schools and other schools we are associated with, we have to be realistic about what kind of education the children have.

“I would like to say rural schools have a future, and personally I think they are better, but the government line is that rural schools are not working,”

The school was rated ‘requires improvement ‘ in its last inspection in December 2013.

To give your views on the proposed closure, visit https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/childrens-services/brockdish-ce-vc-primary-school

Two other rural schools, Stoke Ash Primary and Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Church of England Primary School, closed their doors in 2014.

Full story from the Diss Express.