Foreseeable closure of Rathmell Primary School

Rathmell CE (VA) Primary School Governing Body has very reluctantly embarked on a process of consultation towards the closure of Rathmell CE Primary School with effect from August 31st 2017.

We are not acting lightly, but rather following much deliberation and exploring of the full range of possibilities. The decision has been made unanimously by all governors, with the best interests of the children in school now and in the foreseeable future at the forefront of our thinking.

The number of children at the school has been falling gradually over the past few years. There are now only 19 pupils on roll and this number is projected to fall to just 15 in September. In September there are forecast to be only 4 children in Class 1. Governors have recognised that it will become increasingly impossible to meet children’s educational and social needs even with the existing partnerships with other local schools in the cluster

Our decision has been taken with deep sadness and without pressure from either the Diocese or the Local Authority. It has been taken in response to financial and social factors beyond the control of any of us. We greatly value the support of our parents and local community, and look to work together for the best for our children in the processes towards closure.

Governors and Staff at Rathmell are very proud of the quality of education and the ethos of our school and are committed to celebrating and maintaining both.

Hilary Young, Chair of Governors (on behalf of the Governors)