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Last chance to have say on school closure

Last chance to have say on school closure

Published at 9:14am 24th July 2015. (Updated at 4:35pm 24th July 2015)

Parents have until today to have their say on a proposed school closure near Otley.

The future of Farnley Primary School, on the Leeds-North Yorkshire border, is under threat due to a fall in pupil numbers.

In 2014, the school was found to be 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors and placed into special measures.

In June this year, the school's governing body decided to consult over the closure.

Parents were told: "The governing body has not reached this position lightly and has been working closely with the local authority and Diocese to explore alternatives, such as working with other schools on both a formal and informal basis to make sure that good standards of teaching and learning will be available for all pupils."

Some parents have warned that the closure would put even more demand on school places in Otley.

Campaigner Simon Allistone, a former governor at the school, said: "It just seems like madness that a town like Otley can begin to really feel the pressure in terms of school places when by a very simple process of Leeds and North Yorkshire talking to each other, we can provide a solution for the vast majority of parents in Otley."

You can take part in North Yorkshire County Council's consultation here.