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Parents outraged over school closure plans in Great Bircham

The King George VI Primary school in Great Bircham is being closed and teachers and pupils moved to Docking Primary. Parents are upset that the school is closing. ANL-141003-140953001

The King George VI Primary school in Great Bircham is being closed and teachers and pupils moved to Docking Primary. Parents are upset that the school is closing. ANL-141003-140953001

Plans to close a Great Bircham primary school and move pupils to Docking Primary School have been met with outrage from parents.

The plans were revealed in a letter sent home to parents on Friday, which stated that the children and teachers would be moving across from King George VI school after the Easter holidays.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “The number of children at the school has been falling and there are only 13 pupils now. We believe moving would be the best way to ensure the children continue to receive a good education after the school holidays.

“At this stage this does not mean that the school will close permanently. However, securing its future viability will be extremely difficult. We will be exploring the future of primary education to look at what is best for local children.

“Any proposals will include full consultation with parents and the wider public.”

Claire King, a mother of two pupils at the school, started a Facebook page which now has over 230 members. She said: “My daughter has been sobbing her heart out and we’re angry because they haven’t asked us about anything. King George VI is absolutely outstanding – I can’t fault them, my husband’s whole family went there and numbers have always been low.”

Kim Kellingray has had three children in the school, with another due to join in September.

She said: “I’m absolutely gutted the school is closing. They have done so much for my children especially after I took them out of Docking Primary School.

“One of my sons was borderline dyslexic and three years behind on his reading when I pulled him out, within a year he had caught up at Great Bircham. I’m terrified my children won’t get the help they need.”

Claire Wright, mother of a four-year-old pupil at the school, said: “Shocked is not the word. It’s killing village life really. The council are pulling the rug from under us.”

 

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