A village school opened its doors to pupils for the final time today as it moves towards closure.
The 23 children at Badwell Ash CEVAP Primary are due to attend other schools in the area from January while statutory notices have been published to shut the troubled school.
Acting headteacher Margo Barker said: “We are all very sad to see this school close. It has been a very difficult time for the parents who fought so hard to keep it open.” She added there was no doubt pupils ‘will thrive and enjoy all the opportunities a larger school has to offer’.
Suffolk County Council will make a final decision on closure. It follows failed attempts to form a federation and an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted. A community lunch is due to be held at the village hall from 1pm today to mark the closure.
The Venerable Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury and Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education, said: “The Church of England is committed to providing high quality education, with 89 Church schools right across Suffolk.
“We are saddened by the closure of Badwell Ash CEVAP School and every effort has been made to ensure that the pupils make a successful transition to their new schools.”