Schools in West Cambria with solely one pupil will probably be utterly closed in August.
Cockermouth’s St. Joseph Catholic Primary has been struggling at many ranges lately.
The speedy decline in pupil numbers signifies that in January 2022, solely 4 college students had been in school. There is barely one at present.
The scarcity of scholars hit the school finances and the Governors’ Association was unable to appoint a principal.
After a 12 months of public session, the county council cupboard was requested at a gathering yesterday to formally agree to close the school.
Sue Sanderson, a school and studying minister, mentioned, “We are asking the Cabinet to make a ultimate resolution on the closure, which can take impact on August 31, 2022. We suggest that the Cabinet approve the closure.” Stated.
Education leaders mentioned the council ran out of all obtainable options.
“We thought of alternate options to management, similar to management and collaboration with different faculties and academies. These had been mentioned with different leaders and the Lancaster Parish, however they will play that position. No one was discovered.
“Very importantly, there may be sufficient house within the space to meet the anticipated future calls for, and presently solely one baby stays and is definitely taking part in one other regulation. . “
Cllr Sanderson mentioned the school was unsustainable due to a scarcity of scholars, St Joseph’s struggled to enhance the required enchancment assessments from Ofsted, and the variety of kids generated the school finances. I mentioned there may be.
The cupboard voted in favor of closing the school, and council chief Stewart Young mentioned it was not a straightforward resolution.
“It’s not a call we downplay by way of school closures, however we hope all of the circumstances of the spherical assist Sue’s suggestion at present.”
Cllr Sanderson mentioned there have been 24 responses to public session on potential closures in January 2021. Six had been in favor of closing the school, and the governing physique mentioned there was no different.