On 11 July 2019, the Cabinet considered and approved the proposal to close Bleasdale Church of England Primary School, Bleasdale, Preston, PR3 1UY with effect from 31 August 2019.
Lancashire County Council carried out the statutory representation period from 24 April to 24 May 2019, following the publication of a statutory public notice (PDF 116 KB). More information is available in the complete proposal (PDF 62 KB).
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11 July 2019 – decision to approve the proposal
3 December 2018 – approval for stage one consultation
Bleasdale Church of England Primary School has seen a reduction in the number of pupils on roll from 16 in January 2014 to 2 in September 2018. There are no pupils in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 and there were no admissions to the school in September 2018.
As a consequence of the reduction in pupil numbers, the financial resources available to the school have declined and these are considerably lower from April 2019, when the school's funding was based on the two pupils on roll in October 2018.
The school has sufficient funding to continue to operate in 2018/19 but, with only two pupils, would go into an irrecoverable deficit from 1 September 2019. Without adequate funding, the educational provision in the school would decline. As a result, on 3 December 2018, Cabinet made the decision for Lancashire County Council to proceed with the proposal.
Lancashire County Council undertook an initial consultation on the future of the school from 7 January to 15 February 2019 and a consultation event was held at the school on 28 January 2019. All interested parties were invited to share their views on the proposal. The booklet produced to support this initial consultation period provided more information about the consultation (PDF 956 KB).
On 11 April 2019, Cabinet considered the findings of the initial consultation and gave approval for a further statutory consultation to take place from 24 April to 24 May 2019 on the proposal to close the school. No representations were received during this period.