Ten Mile Bank primary school is saved

Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy. Picture: Ian Burt

Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A primary school threatened with closure has won a stay of execution.

The Riverside Federation, run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), took control of both Ten Mile Bank and Hilgay primary schools in January last year.

The federation then announced plans to close Ten Mile Bank school, whose 34 children would move to the primary at Hilgay.

But parents formed an action group to campaign against the closure.

A four week consultation was carried out by the diocese.


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DEMAT was accused of failing to exercise due diligence before taking over the school and denying places to pupils to keep numbers low to justify closure. The trust denied both.

In its report published today, it says: 'The DEMAT recognises that a significant number of parents, carers and other stakeholders would prefer to retain the existing educational provision in the heart of their local community.

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'The DEMAT recognises and appreciates the impact that closure would have on the local community. The outcome of the consultation therefore is that the DEMAT will not be proposing closure as part of this consultation exercise.'

DEMAT declined to comment further. An appendix to the report, entitled The Future, said it plans to keep the school open until 'at least August 31, 2019'.

It adds it will use the time to re-visit whether education is best provided across two sites.

Parent Ryan Coogan, who lives in Ten Mile Bank near the school, said: 'We tried to get them to remove that and their response was no school is safe, every school, every year has a budget. Personally I think the whole thing stinks.'

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