Old school ‘may be reopened’

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A VILLAGE primary school is so full consideration may have to be given to reopening the 142-year-old school in Treeton which closed nearly 30 years ago.

This follows mothers of young children staging a protest at Treeton Parish Council about the lack of places for infant children at Treeton Church of England Primary School which opened when the old school - now used as a youth club - was closed.

The mums claimed their children might have to go to schools outside the village, because children from the 500 new homes built on the old colliery site would have priority because live nearer to the school.

Now a portable classroom at the primary school will accommodate these children in September - but another 100 homes are being built which will create further problems at the school in the next few years.

Dennis Whysall, of the council, said: “We might have to consider reopening the old school because the church school will be full again when these other new houses are built and there is no more room there for an extension.”

John Swift, council chairman, said it would cost a lot of money to reopen the old school which was built in 1870.