Parents seek reassurances about future of West Burton Primary School

West Burton Primary School.

Parents will seek reassurances about the future of a Dales village school at a meeting next week.

The meeting has been called by worried parents who are seeking answers about the local education authority’s plans for West Burton Church of England Primary School.

Upper Dales county councillor John Blackie has agreed to attend and it is understood education senior officers from North Yorkshire County Council will also be present to answer questions.

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Since January, the county council has authorised the closure of four small primary schools including  one school in the Dales at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Concerns in West Burton have been prompted by financial shortfalls and falling pupils numbers.

Parents are also worried that the school has been placed in a more vulnerable position after joining a federation with Bainbridge and Askrigg primary schools – a move they thought would help to secure its future.

Last year, a petition against West Burton pupils being taught at Askrigg following the launch of the federation was widely supported by parents amid concerns this was not best for pupils and would mean the school was more at risk of closure.

The meeting will take place at Aysgarth Village Institute at 7pm on Monday.