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Decision On Whether Whitby School Can Consult On Closure

Decision On Whether Whitby School Can Consult On Closure

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 6:01am 11th February 2020.

A school in Whitby could today get permission to hold a consultation on whether or not to close.

Last month, governors of St. Hilda's Catholic Primary issued a letter to parents and carers.

It says the decision's due to continued falling numbers - especially of Catholic pupils - and on-going financial challenges.

North Yorkshire County Council will decide if it'll allow the consultation to go ahead.

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A report prepared for the county’s Corporate Director Children and Young Peoples’ Service and Executive Member Meeting adds that even if St Hilda’s was to close Whitby would still have a surplus of more than 250 school places.

Taking into account proposed housing developments it is estimated that in 2025 Whitby, again without St Hilda’s, would still have 229 available school places.

The county council report warns that due to the falling pupil numbers, the school is now estimated to have a deficit of £127,000 by the end of the 2022 school year.

The report adds:

“The Diocese has confirmed that there is no evidence to support the continuation of Catholic education in Whitby, as there appear to be no other Catholic children seeking to attend the school.”

A separate staff consultation process would run in parallel with the consultation on the closure proposal, the county has revealed.

If approved on Tuesday the consultation would start on February 24, with a public meeting held on March 3.




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