Dwindling pupil numbers force Braybrooke school to close

Braybrooke Primary School
Braybrooke Primary School

A village primary school is no longer financially viable and will be closed in the summer, the county council has said.

Braybrooke Primary School, near Desborough, which has just 22 pupils on its registers at the start of the next academic year, will instead shut its doors for good on August 31, subject to the decision being rubber-stamped by the council.

Pupils from the school, who are predominantly from a Traveller background, will be transferred to other schools nearby, with Havelock infants and junior schools, Loatlands Primary School and Clipston Primary School liaising with the council to ensure there is space for the children.

In 2012, Ofsted inspectors ranked Braybrooke as good, saying teachers had developed excellent relations with pupils and their parents.

But it also warned that attendance among pupils was poor.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “The publication of statutory notices last week signalled the beginning of a six-week 
period where formal representations can be made to the council. That period lasts until February 14 and, following that, a final decision will be made by the council on whether to close the school.”

Last month, Cllr Andrew Grant, council cabinet member for schools, said: “As a school’s budget is determined by pupil numbers, there are concerns that the school won’t be financially viable.”