Consultation launched on future of Winterton Primary School
12 June 2018
Consultation has been launched on the future of Winterton Primary, after the school’s interim executive board called for closure to be considered.
The school, rated by Ofsted as requiring improvement, has had falling pupil numbers, funding issues and difficulty in recruiting a permanent headteacher.
Norfolk County Council will carry out consultation until 24 July and, if the proposal is approved, Winterton Primary could close on 31 December. It is also proposed that the catchment of Hemsby Primary would be extended to cover Winterton.
John Organ, the chair of the Winterton Primary’s interim executive board, said: "This has been a very difficult decision to make this request, but pursuing the right direction for our pupils to be able to receive the best learning opportunities must always come first."
A County Council spokesman said: “The interim executive board of Winterton Primary has requested that the county council consults on closure of the school.
“The County Council and the Department for Education explored a range of options, including discussions with a number of multi-academy trusts and local schools - but no practical solution could be agreed.
“Closure is proposed because pupil numbers have reduced to the extent that funding is no longer sustainable and the school has been unable to secure a permanent headteacher.”
Responses are required by 24 July and the survey is available online via the Citizenspace website. A meeting will also be organised for parents, carers and members of the community.