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Primary school saved from closure

Campaigning to save Dunswell Primary School
Campaigners protesting over planned closure of Dunswell Primary Credit: ITV Yorkshire

An East Yorkshire primary school threatened with closure looks to have been saved.East Riding Council wanted to close Dunswell, Langtoft and Gembling primaries.

But following a massive campaign by parents and teachers the Department of Education has given the go-ahead for Dunswell to break away from the local authority and be taken under the wing of Swanland Primary School Academy Trust.

The future of Langtoft and Gambling primary schools is still unsure and council chiefs are expected to approve their closure next week.

Parents at school threatened with closure ask to share head teacher

Parents at an East Yorkshire primary school at risk of closure are calling for education bosses to let them share a headteacher with another school.

Last month dozens of mums and dads took part in a demonstration to try and keep Dunswell Primary in Hull open. Today they attended a council meeting to put forward their suggestion to share a headmaster with nearby Woodmansey Primary School.

The authority is looking at closing Dunswell in July 2014 - after the old headteacher retired.

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School closures consultation period ends

Campaigners march to support their school

The consultation process will end today over the possible closure of three schools in East Yorkshire. Hundreds have protested against the plans by the local council to close down Dunswell Primary School, and primary schools at the villages of Langtoft and Gembling.

East Yorkshire Council says Langtoft Primary School costs £15,500 per pupil to run compared with the average of £3500 for the rest of the local schools and it has to make difficult choices in tough times.

Campaigners have handed in a petition of nearly 3000 names in protest at the plans.

Parents and pupils march to save school

Around 150 parents and pupils are expected to march through Beverley to protest against plans to close a local primary school. Dunswell Primary School is one of three East Riding schools earmarked for closure as part of a cost-cutting package by the local council.

East Riding Council says the children in the school catchment area can all be easily accommodated in Woodmansey School which is two miles away. But parents say Dunswell is a thriving community school which they want to keep. If the closure plans go ahead, it could shut its door for good next year.

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