Primary School In UK Remains Open To Teach Single Pupil
The story of the Kyu-Shirataki train station, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan was all over social media. It's the station where trains stop only a couple of times in a day to help one student get to and fro from school. Well, Japan is not the only country which goes an extra mile to ensure that its students receive education. A primary school in United Kingdom, facing closure, has stayed open so as to teach the one student it has left.
According to report in Independent
, the female pupil, whose name has not been disclosed, is 10 years old and receives a full education at Ings Community Primary and Nursery School in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Apart from the unnamed girl, there are no other pupils enrolled at the school.
At the school, the pupil is being taught by a full-time teacher, a part-time head teacher, support teachers and a receptionist.
In June, the school governors decided that it was not viable to keep the school open. The school faces closure in December, however a final decision is set to be made by the North Yorkshire County Council next month.
Initially there were 42 children enrolled at the school at the time of the consultations but 41 students moved to other schools in the area. The school was left with only one pupil at the start of the new term in September.
The school cannot legally close until the remaining one pupil has found an alternative place.
As reported by Independent, the girl's father told Daily Mail that most of his family members went to the school and does not see a reason why the school should be closed. "I can't get my daughter into the school of my choosing, so I'm going to home school her when she has to finish here," he said.
The local councilor Andrew Solloway told the Yorkshire Post that though it is sad that the school is facing closure, it is not economical to run a school with only one pupil attending.
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