D-day for under-threat East Yorkshire schools

Children from Dunswell primary protesting against the proposed closure of the school Photo:

Education chiefs will meet later to decide the fate of three East Yorkshire primary schools which face closure.

Parents have held protests to prevent the closure of Dunswell, Langtoft and Gembling schools in the county.

East Riding Council say Dunswell Primary is financially viable, but 75 per cent of its 88 pupils come from outside the catchment area. They say £130,000 would be saved if the school was shut, which could be spent on other schools in the East Riding.

They claim the school catchment area could be easily accommodated in Woodmansey School which is two miles away.

If plans are given the go-ahead at a council cabinet meeting tonight, the schools could shut by July near year.

Previously the council have said the possible closures were due to changes in the way money was allocated by government.

The Department for Education said the changes would ensure a "fairer, simpler and more consistent funding system."

Under the new "national funding formula", which will start in April, all schools will get the same lump sum and will be able to apply for extra funding based on criteria such as the number of pupils with special needs and the levels of deprivation in the area.