Councillors back plans to close Captain Shaw's school
Plans to shut Cumbria's smallest school - which has just 16 pupils - have been backed by councillors.
Captain Shaw's Primary School in Bootle was due to close in August after the county council said it was not "financially viable".
But an all-party group of Copeland borough councillors complained about the move and the council said it would reconsider the plan.
Now, after re-examining the proposals, a board has backed the decision.
Councillor Tina Macur said: "While we fully understand and appreciate the strength of feeling these proposals for Captain Shaw's school have generated in the local community, we are satisfied that cabinet did take its decision having fully considered the implications.
"Ultimately the most important aspect in all of this is the standard of education the children receive and that has to come first."
If the school does close, pupils will move to nearby Waberthwaite School.
The final decision on whether the closure goes ahead will be decided at a meeting in April.