Meeting to be held over future of Brockdish Primary School

Brockdish School faces an uncertain future.

Brockdish School faces an uncertain future. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A public meeting is to held about closing a Norfolk primary school which only has 12 pupils attending lessons.

Brockdish Primary School is being proposed for closure on August 31 with Norfolk County Council and the Diocese of Norwich consulting on the plan.

On Monday at 6.30pm a meeting will be held at the school, near Diss, for parents and carers and other interested parties to hear about the closure plans.

A consultation document says the school has seven places for each year group from ages four to 11 but only 12 pupils were on the roll as of last September, with nine of them being from the catchment area.

A further 37 children are eligible to attend the school but go to other schools.

The consultation document says in June 2104 the governing body agreed with the county council and the diocese a year-long process to plan and build a sustainable future for the school. Possible school federation and school cluster collaboration were looked at, all to no avail.

The report adds: 'The school has subsequently been unable to secure sustainable leadership arrangements which will ensure high standards of education for the school.'

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If it closes, pupils will be offered places at other primary schools, with parents being asked to express their preferences.

The catchment school for Brockdish would become Harleston Primary School and free transport would be provided if certain criteria were met.

Should the school be closed? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk