Braybrooke village school faces closure

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A Northamptonshire village primary school with just over 20 children on next year's school roll could close because of falling pupil numbers.

The county council will decide next week whether to start the formal process of closing Braybrooke School at Braybrooke near Market Harborough.

The school has room for 40 pupils but numbers have fallen in the past decade.

If the school does close students will be allocated places at schools near their homes.

'Little choice'

Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and schools at Northamptonshire County Council, said "As a school's budget is determined by pupil numbers, there are concerns that the school won't be financially viable."

Anthony Osborn, chairman of Braybrooke Parish Council, said: "I'm disappointed that it has to close but I understand that the small number of pupils registered there probably gives the county council little choice."

The council has already held a public meeting on the proposed closure in the village, following a request from the governing body.

Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet meeting will consider feedback from the meeting and consultation next Tuesday.

A final decision is expected in February.

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