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Fight to save school

Fight to save school

Published at 3:48pm 29th June 2015. (Updated at 4:15pm 29th June 2015)

A North Yorkshire school is facing closure because of concerns over standards and falling pupil numbers.

Governors at Farnley Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School are consulting parents, staff and the wider community on a proposal to close it from 31 December this year.

However, opponents say the school could take more children from nearby Otley.

Campaign coordinator Simon Allistone has been speaking to Stray FM:

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council's Children and Young People's Service said: "The school has made considerable efforts to improve educational provision and to secure strong leadership for the school.

"But we do understand how difficult it is when numbers on roll fall below what is educationally as well as financially viable.

"The County Council is determined to work with the governing body and the Diocese to act in the best interests of the children."

The closing date for the consultation is 24 July and a public meeting will be held at the school at 6pm on Wednesday.