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School supported by Diana reopens thanks to £2m from villagers

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.

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 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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