Great Bircham consultation over

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Consultation with parents and residents over the future of Great Bircham primary school has now closed, but not without objections from a village resident.

Norfolk County Council closed the school at Easter, when pupils were moved to Docking School as an interim measure, as a result of declining pupil numbers, funding and staffing problems.

The future of King George VI Church of England Primary School will now be discussed at the children’s services committee in September, before the director of children’s services makes a decision over the formal closure of the school.

Resident Christopher Casely raises objections to the proposal. He said: “Everyone understands the issues surrounding viability and sustainability and things have to change. However, I call upon the county council to think of more creative ways to make use of the school.

“This school is the centre of the community and rather than erode the fabric of the village further, I urge the county council to keep it open.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “This consultation is not about what could happen to the school site if the decision is made to close the school. If a decision is made to close the school, there will be further discussion on how best to retain the site for the benefit of the children and community of Great Bircham.”

The final decision on the school’s future is expected in the autumn.