Closure of school a step closer

Cantley Sycamore Primary School vice-chair of governors Annie Morgan.
Cantley Sycamore Primary School vice-chair of governors Annie Morgan.

COUNCILLORS are going ahead with the proposed closure of a popular primary school.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet yesterday gave the go-ahead for a six-week consultation period on the future of Cantley Sycamore Primary School.

The school, in St Wilfrid’s Road, has 203 places available, but only 83 pupils were on the roll last month. and by September only 67 are likely to be attending, according to a report before the meeting.

Cabinet member for education, Coun Andrea Milner, said: “Doing nothing is not an option. The school is doing a good job, but if we do not address the falling numbers in the school now it will have a knock on effect to the rest of the children in the borough.

“We will only have to return to this issue at a later date. We have to consider the sustainability and practicalities of keeping the school open.”

The report added that closing the school and releasing the surplus places would release approximately £440,000 into the council’s overall school budget.

The cabinet was told that places are available at other local schools and parents could choose where to apply to send their chidlren.

Parent Rebecca Geeson, 26, of Middleham Road, who has two children at the school, was disappointed with the decision.

She said: “You just want the best for your children and this school is the best in the area. The smaller class sizes are great for getting one-on-one time with the teachers.

“I’m devastated that it might be forced to close.”

THe school’s governors have also expressed concern at the council proposal. Sycamore has faced closure several times in the past and successfully fought it off.