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End of term and end of the road for Dales primary schools

End of term and end of the road for Dales primary schools

Published at 7:04pm 21st July 2017. (Updated at 5:56pm 22nd July 2017)

Two primary schools in the Dales have held their last ever lessons.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Rathmell are closing due to falling pupil numbers.

There were just 12 children at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, including only one child in Key Stage 1 and only two boys in the school, plus one child in nursery.

Numbers were projected to fall further, with 10 pupils this October and then eight pupils in October 2018.

At Rathmell, there were just 15 children in September, leaving only four children in Class 1.

North Yorkshire County Council said that closing both schools was a "very difficult" decision.

Jonty Rhodes, whose children went to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, told Stray FM: "They'll be starting in September at a much bigger school, which is daunting for them. They'll do well, I'm sure, but they're genuinely really disappointed not to be able to walk for five minutes to their local, fantastic, happy, friendly community school."

Speaking about the children being separated from their friends, Jonty said: "They're split to the four corners of the dale really, which when you're from a small school, that does spread your friends pretty thinly.

"They're all happy, confident children, but it just seems wrong to me."