Consultations held over future over future of Eccles primary school

Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Primary school is threatened with closure. Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Primary school is threatened with closure.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:00 AM

Parents made their views clear about the potential closure of a popular primary school at consultation events held to help decide its future.

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Governors have recommended the closure of Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Primary School, saying: “A continued decline in pupil numbers and changes to school funding are making it increasingly difficult to manage the budget and to bring about sustained improvement in educational outcomes for its pupils.”

As of January this year, the Church of England school in Wilby Road, Eccles had just 27 pupils on its roll.

Norfolk County Council invited parents and interested parties to a consultation event last Thursday to give their views, with a second event last night.

Sonia Humphries’ son Elliott attends the school. She is also organiser of Parents Against Closing Eccles School.

“Living rural is our choice and I certainly do not feel that our son is deprived in any way because he attends a small school,” she said after the first consultation.

“This school is an excellent foundation of education. Children that have attended Eccles in the past have gone on to university and to have very successful careers today.

“Promotion of this wonderful hidden treasure of a school is vital and I will do everything I can to help this wonderful school, where the staff are so dedicated.”

She added that she believed there “needs to be a new governing body, new ideas and lots of enthusiasm”.

What do you think of the proposed closure? Tell EDP reporter Andrew Papworth by calling 01379 651153 or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • This has always been such a friendly school whenever i have been there, and i know has literally changed round the lives of families, as well as the formal education of the children, who have needed a less pressured and more "family" atmosphere than bigger schools. 27 children IS too few... so DO please vote with your child' s educational placement if you live close enough ... and hopefully new building in the villages will boost numbers too! In the meantime, I know some excellent parents of present and past pupils who could probably form an amazing alternative body of Governors!!

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    Melanie Calow

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Parents should know that this is an excellent school, outperforming many other local schools in many key standards, as well as the increasingly important value added category. It is not closed yet, and if parents vote with heir feet, it won't close. If 4 or 5 parents move their children to eccles school, this is will probably make the difference. Useful for those waiting for reception entry, if they don't get one of their other preferred choices, as you can guarantee, there will be a place here. Children in other year groups are equally likely to be successful if they apply to transfer here. The governors are excellent as are the teaching staff.

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    Winking-dog

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • You can look at this school prospectus on their website, as well as see pictures of all the ways the school has contributed to the community life over the past year.

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    Mr K

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • I second Sonia's comments in this article, this school has seen my children completely flourish. If people haven't spent time in a smaller school setting, you won't know what a wonderful place they can be. It's certainly worth visiting & not to late to consider when primary places are announced on April 15th

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    doodle2

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • My daughter attended this wonderfull school. She was in another larger " good" rated school but was just getting lost in the system. At Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Primary school she worked very much at her own pace and she is now a confident young lady who through her own hard work and the massive support of this very caring care is now achieving great grades. A great small school where everybody looks out for each other. If you want that great family feel for your child or they just prefer, as my daughter did, a smaller environment and perform at their level not as society expects I would highly recommend this amazing school. Kept up the hard work parents. your doing a great job.

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    Wheels wife

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • This is a very good school and all children do well there it might be low on numbers at the moment but with local housing developments being built in the village and surrounding areas and the other schools full it seems very shortsighted to close as it will be needed.This is a church of England school ant the children enjoy their links with the local church it's also a very caring and friendly school in which young children feel secure and learn at a pace which suits them and this formula works .With so many schools failing why close a well performing school

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    Gillian Layton

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • This is a very good school and all children do well there it might be low on numbers at the moment but with local housing developments being built in the village and surrounding areas and the other schools full it seems very shortsighted to close as it will be needed.This is a church of England school ant the children enjoy their links with the local church it's also a very caring and friendly school in which young children feel secure and learn at a pace which suits them and this formula works .With so many schools failing why close a well performing school

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    Gillian Layton

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Can't agree more to what the others have said. Just to add: don't confuse Eccles, Hargham & Wilby Primary School with the private school around the corner, The New Eccles Hall School. We are talking about the local village school which is a vital element in this area. There is a fantastic Stay & Play group on Friday mornings where families with preschoolers have a chance to meet whilst the children get access to the school's brilliant resources.

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    missy

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • My son is already at this school. Recent SAT results put this school consistently at the top end of the county results. It plays tag rugby, and Hockey against other schools, and seems to afford the Children all the opportunities a larger school does. I agree with doodle2 if you are thinking of changing school then look this school up before it is too late. Its pastoral and academic care is great.

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    Mr K

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • This has always been such a friendly school whenever i have been there, and i know has literally changed round the lives of families, as well as the formal education of the children, who have needed a less pressured and more "family" atmosphere than bigger schools. 27 children IS too few... so DO please vote with your child' s educational placement if you live close enough ... and hopefully new building in the villages will boost numbers too! In the meantime, I know some excellent parents of present and past pupils who could probably form an amazing alternative body of Governors!!

    Report this comment

    Melanie Calow

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • My son is already at this school. Recent SAT results put this school consistently at the top end of the county results. It plays tag rugby, and Hockey against other schools, and seems to afford the Children all the opportunities a larger school does. I agree with doodle2 if you are thinking of changing school then look this school up before it is too late. Its pastoral and academic care is great. Look the school up at this address www.ehwprimaryschool.com

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    Mr K

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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