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There's been condemnation of a decision today to close two rural primary schools because they cost too much money. The schools in the villages of Langtoft and Gembling in East Yorkshire will shut their doors for good at the end of August. David Hirst reports.
Campaigners have condemned a decision today to close two primary schools in rural East Yorkshire.The schools in the villages of Langtoft and Gembling will close with effect from August the 31st.Children will be transferred to other schools when the new term starts after the summer holidays.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has taken the decision because neither provides "value for money" - at £14,000 per head of pupil Langtoft is one of the most expensive schools in the country to run,the council said today.
Campaigners dispute the figures and say that both schools are small but successful, and the decision will damage both communities and could affect the education of their children.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that Gembling and Langtoft Primary Schools are set to close at the end of August. They say keeping them open is not financially viable.
Campaigners and students from a Primary School in East Yorkshire, have won their fight to stay open. It comes as the Department of Education gave the go-head for Dunswell Primary School to become an Academy.
The school was one of three in the area, that were told in January they faced closure by East Riding Council. Sarah Clark reports.
There are scenes of celebration this morning at Dunswell Primary School in Hull after a campaign to save it from closure. The Department of Education has agreed for Dunswell to break away from from the local authority and will become part of Swanland Primary School Academy Trust.
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.