School backed by Diana reopens thanks to campaign

A school which faced permanent closure almost two decades ago will be officially reopened today - thanks to villagers who raised more than £2 million towards the running costs.

The Priors School in Priors Marston, Warwickshire, had to become independent in 1996 after the local education authority decided to withdraw funding - but because it would not charge pupils, it struggled to survive.

Princess Diana lent her support to The Priors School when it was first threatened by closure in 1996
Princess Diana lent her support to The Priors School when it was first threatened by closure in 1996 Credit: John Stillwell/PA

But a campaign launched in support of the school soon gathered pace thanks to the 650 people living in the area - and even attracted the support of Princess Diana.

Today, her brother Earl Spencer will officially open the new school after a £1m revamp.

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