Move to secure school’s future

A PEAK DISTRICT school which is threatened with closure has been given a reprieve.

Earlier this year, Staffordshire County Council commenced formal statutory consultation on a proposal to close England’s highest village school, Flash C of E Primary School, near Buxton, in the summer.

The authority has now agreed to postpone the controversial closure to allow Flash to develop and implement a federation with nearby St Bartholomew’s CE (VC) Primary School in Longnor.

This decision follows feedback gained during a formal consultation on the future of Flash School.

County Councillor Liz Staples, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “During consultation the governing bodies of Flash and St Bartholomew’s advised that they were developing a proposal for a federation for both schools. It has been agreed that the proposal will be postponed subject to the implementation of a sustainable federation.

“We want to ensure this will provide a high quality of education for all pupils and a sustainable, stable leadership.

“While we will provide advice and support for the schools’ moves to federate, I want to emphasise that this is a postponement and if I have any indication that there is any kind of detriment to the children’s education, the school could still face closure.”

Flash School, which opened in 1860, is currently undersubscribed. It has a capacity for 42 pupils.

Cllr Staples added: “At some point during the next school year we will conduct a review to ensure primary education in the whole of the rural moorlands is sustainable for the future.”