Saltfleetby Primary School at risk of closure

Saltfleetby Primary School is at risk of closure.
Saltfleetby Primary School is at risk of closure.

The future of ‘Good’ primary education in Saltfleetby is under threat due to the single fact of low pupils numbers at the school.

The primary school’s academic achievements were shown as ‘Good’ in their most recent Ofsted report, but it could be faced with possible closure due to the shortage of pupils attending the school.

However, the Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe Federation stress that the decision is not a done deal.

Amber Latif, executive head of the Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe Federation, said: “This isn’t a done decision and it’s important that parents and local residents get their comments and feedback in to the school. All viable options to keep the school open will be explored.

“The Interim Executive Board haven’t taken this decision to propose closure lightly. We all know this is a good school and children enjoy coming here to learn. Parents are understandably concerned about the possible closure, but the simple fact is that the school is well below half full and that means less funding which leads to a deficit budget. Schools can’t survive under a deficit budget.

“Future low projected numbers mean the situation isn’t going to get better and it’s the children that matter.”

Parents are now doing all they can to keep the school open. A parent who has two children currently at the school, but did not wish to be named, commented: “Having spoken to a number of other parents, the last thing we want is for the school to close.

“We are all saddened it has got this far and it would be a shame to lose the school as the kids love it here and changing their school now would have a big effect on them. The village as a whole won’t have a sustainable future without the school, so we are working hard to actively promote the school to show it’s worth saving.”