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Threat to rural schools

October 24, 2019 9:22 AM

Falling funding and declining birthrates mean times could get difficult for primary schools over the next few years, especially those in rural areas where there are even fewer children.

Wiltshire has about seventy schools with fewer than 120 pupils, most of which are supported by the local authority, though some have opted for national control as academies.

Secondaries are not affected yet as they're benefitting from the birth rate bulge of a decade or so ago.

Recent government announcements of increased funding are slightly helpful, though the figures quoted by government are misleading. See www.schoolcuts.org.uk for the numbers.