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Update- Consultation on the future of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

12 December 2018

Local people have been engaging with Essex County Council to share their views on the proposed closure of St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Woodham Ferrers.

The consultation on the proposal ended on 30 November.

Following consideration of all the feedback received during the consultation, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Ray Gooding, has today made the decision to pause the proposal to close the school.

The decision has been taken to allow potential, alternative options put forward during the consultation to be explored and evaluated, and to review the number of children attending the school, including Reception year applications for 2019, during the next six months.

This will also include an ongoing review of the future financial viability as these options are developed.

Once the above actions have been completed a further decision will be taken on how to proceed.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We have listened very carefully to all the points raised during the consultation and it has become clear that more time is needed to consider alternative options and to monitor the number of children attending the school.

“We will evaluate the situation again in June 2019. In the meantime this decision means that the school will be admitting children into Reception and all other year groups from September 2019, and applications for places can continue to be made in the normal way via our website."