03 December 2012

A Northamptonshire village school could close because falling pupil numbers mean it might no longer be financially viable.

A meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week (TUES) will consider whether to start the formal school closure process for Braybrooke School by issuing statutory notices which would signal the beginning of a six-week period where formal representations can be made to the council.

At the end of that period, a final decision will be made on whether to close the school.

The council has already carried out a public consultation on the proposed closure following a request from the governing body.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and schools, said: “The school governors have looked at the current and anticipated pupil numbers. With just over 20 pupils expected to be on the school roll next year, and as a school’s budget is determined by pupil numbers, there are concerns that the school won’t be financially viable.

“The cabinet meeting will give us the opportunity to consider the feedback received during the consultation and the public meeting.”

If a decision is taken to close the school, all the pupils who currently attend will be allocated places in schools near their home address.

The cabinet meeting takes place on Tuesday 11 December at County Hall, Northampton.