Consultation on the future of Cossington Primary School announced

The future of Cossington Primary School will be consulted on from 1 September 2014, Somerset County Council has announced.

In May this year the Governing body approached Somerset County Council requesting they consider the future viability of the school after falling student numbers on roll.

Since 2004, numbers on roll have been declining.  Nine pupils leave this summer to transfer to secondary school and as of today (Thursday 3 July) only 27 children are registered, with five students predicted for September’s roll.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet member for children and families at Somerset County Council said: “The school Governors approached the Local Authority earlier this year asking us to instigate a statutory consultation process to determine the future of the school. We will start this process at the end of the summer holidays and will release further information about how to participate around this time.”

Nick Hemmings, Chair of Governors at Cossington Primary School said: “Cossington Primary is a small village school where children make good progress and we expect some excellent SAT results this year. However, the Governors are concerned that as pupil numbers decrease, it becomes more difficult to deliver an enriched curriculum and the activities that the children deserve.”

Many parents have already secured places at other local schools including Catcott and Woolavington Primary Schools, which are both located nearby.

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For further information, please contact the press office on 01823 355020 or email: pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk

Notes to editors

  • Numbers on roll at Cossington have been declining since 2004. 67 pupils were on roll at that time.
  • Numbers first fell below 50 in September 2012 when 47 pupils were on roll
  • At the start of the 2013/14 academic year, 41 pupils were registered.
  • In January 2014 numbers had fallen to 34. 9 pupils leave this summer to transfer to secondary school and only one child is due to start in September.