York & North Yorkshire

Arncliffe school will close to its four pupils

A primary school in a rural part of North Yorkshire will be closed to its four pupils.

North Yorkshire County Council approved the closure of Arncliffe Church of England primary after the number of pupils fell to four.

The council said keeping the school open was not "financially viable".

Grassington Church of England primary, Kettlewell and Threshfield primary schools will remain open as individual schools, despite a merger proposal.

'Church influence'

Councillor John Watson said: "We will be publishing notices for the closure of Arncliffe with some regret and sadness.

"However, given that pupil numbers have now fallen to only four children, it was impossible to see how the school could offer to children all the provision we would like to see and still remain financially viable."

The four pupils from Arncliffe will be enrolled at the school in Grassington.

Primary education in the Upper Wharfedale area was looked at by the council after seven primary schools were found to be serving just 347 children, a number which was projected to fall to 303 by 2014.

It was originally proposed that a single school be created on the Grassington site merging Arncliffe, Kettlewell and Grassington schools.

A second option involved creating one school for the area which would be based on two sites for different age groups.

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