York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire's smallest school closure consultation

Hirst Courtney and Temple Hirst Community Primary School, near Selby
Image caption A final decision on the future of the school will be made in December

A public consultation is to be held over plans to close one of North Yorkshire's smallest primary schools.

Hirst Courtney and Temple Hirst Community Primary School, near Selby, has only four pupils enrolled.

North Yorkshire County Council said low pupil numbers meant the school was no longer sustainable.

The consultation will run until the 11 November. A final decision on the school's future is expected in December.

Councillor Arthur Barker, executive member for schools, said the Conservative-controlled council's main concern was to secure the "best possible" education for the remaining pupils.

"Pupil numbers also determine the school budget and these very low numbers mean that the school would have to reduce its number of teaching staff, which would leave the school with unacceptably low staffing levels," Mr Barker added.

Under the proposals children would be offered places at the Chapel Haddlesey Primary School, 3 miles (4.8km) away, from March 2014.

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