School may close at end of summer term

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Rudston Preparatory School in Rotherham may have to close its doors for good at the end of this year’s summer term.

Parents and staff were given the news in a meeting at the school on Broom Road on Thursday night that dwindling pupil numbers may mean the possible closure of the site on July 9.

A statement from the school said: “It is with regret that the Trustees of Rudston Preparatory School Trust have today given the news to both staff and parents that the school is at risk of possible closure from the end of this summer term which finishes on July 9th 2015.”

Rudston operates both a nursery and primary school educating children from the ages of 3 -11 at its Broom Road site. It has occupied the former residential buildings since 1948. In its most recent inspection (October 2013) it was given a glowing report achieving an excellent score in 6 out of 8 categories, the other 2 categories being assessed as good.

The statement continued: “However the Trustees are bowing to the inevitable. In the face of falling school numbers brought about by a combination of the economic recession and competition from larger more modern and “fashionable” school establishments, they have had to accept that the limitations of its existing, traditional site may prevent a viable future.”

A spokesman for the school said: “This is a very sad day for the school, for Rotherham and for independent education in South Yorkshire. We are making this announcement today, should the closure happen, to allow parents and staff the opportunity to make alternative arrangements before the start of the next school year.

“Clearly we would like to keep the school operating at Rudston but this is looking increasingly difficult. We have asked Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to consider providing assistance and we are still in the process of discussion.”