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Felton village school closing for good

St Katharine's Church of England Primary School in North Somerset has closed to children for good.

Councillors decided that dwindling numbers made the village school, in Felton, too difficult to maintain.

The village has had its own school for 164 years. Its location near Bristol Airport was also a problem.

Head teacher Jacqui Keir-Bucknall said she was pleased priorities ahead of the end of term had been achieved.

A school spokeswoman said the 22 children had attended for the last time and that staff were due to leave on Friday.

Ms Keir-Bucknall said: "It's been quite a challenge... we knew potentially it was going to be an extremely upsetting year, especially for the children, the parents and the local community.

"We were determined from the outset that the children have a fantastic year they'd never forget, they'd make as much progress academically as they could and they'd be ready to move on."

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "Pupil numbers were so low that it wasn't viable to keep the school open.

"The governing body asked for the school to be closed and a consultation process was carried out.

"Pupils will move to Winford Primary School which has been expanded from 119 pupils to 140."

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