Beverley parents march in protest at school closure threat

Dunswell Primary School
Image caption Parents at Dunswell Primary School have vowed to save the school from closure

Parents and pupils fighting to prevent the possible closure of a primary school have marched in protest.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council want to close Dunswell Primary, Beverley, which has 88 pupil.

It said the government's new funding formula would make it difficult to support some rural schools.

Parents handed a petition with almost 3,000 signatures to the council after the march. The council said consultations were continuing.

The Department for Education said the new formula, which will start in April, ensures a fairer system for all schools.

It means all schools will get the same lump sum and will no longer be able to claim extra funding from councils for being in a rural area.

The Conservative-run council said smaller, rural schools were more expensive to run and the change to funding meant its ability to support them had been "diminished".

It said there was room for pupils at Dunswell to transfer to the nearby Woodmansey Primary.

Julie Reed, one of 150 parents attending the march, has three children at Dunswell.

She said: "I will not give up the fight for this school. All the parents feel passionately about it. This is about our children's future."

Two other primaries in East Yorkshire, Gembling and Langtoft, are also under threat of closure.

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