Christ Church Primary School in Chalford to begin consultation for closure

Christ Church Primary School in Chalford is under consultation for closure due to the lack of pupils at the school.

In a letter to parents, the school’s head teacher Rebecca Slater and chair of governors Angela Wilson, said: “As you will be aware falling numbers of children on role at the school have been causing

concern for some time.

“Unfortunately, the governing body have today published a consultation document regarding the closure of the school.

“This decision is entirely due to the lack of pupils at the school, and is in no way a reflection on the high quality education your children are receiving.

“It is felt that it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the social needs of the children, with such small pupil groups.”

Christ Church Primary, which is a voluntary aided school, offers eight reception places a year with 56 places available.

In September 2018 and 2019 only one pupil joined the reception each year, and the school currently only has 22 pupils, with 34 surplus places.

The school’s governing body is concerned that the children’s social development is being impacted because of the lack of pupils at the school.

They also feel the significant drop in numbers has impacted the school’s ability to provide the best learning environment possible.

The governing body is consulting on the proposed closure of the school by August 31, 2021, with the support of the Diocese of Gloucester and Gloucestershire County Council.

Parents and residents have been invited to submit their views as part of the consultation process, which can be found on the school’s website, bit.ly/3aRKwb5

An information drop in meeting will also take place at the school on Thursday February 13, between 5pm and 6pm.

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