Stay of execution for Welney Primary School

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A small Fenland school which is facing closure has been given a stay of execution.

Norfolk County Council is looking to close William Marshall Primary School in Welney and transfer pupils to nearby Upwell Primary School.

The county states that the standards at Welney are not good enough and the school is not viable in the long-term.

A total of 24 children are on the school’s books with four more due to join in September.

The school was expected to close on Tuesday (July 21) but it will continue to accept children in September while education chiefs look at the arguments submitted by parents.

A spokesman said: “The case against closure submitted by the William Marshall Parents’ Committee will be examined in detail before any decision will be made to proceed to the next stage of the consultation process.

“We are continuing to communicate with the Parents’ Committee and a decision on whether or not to proceed with a formal proposal will not be made until the beginning of the autumn term.

“William Marshall Primary School will therefore remain open to pupils for the autumn term 2015.”