Norfolk’s smallest primary school closes its doors for the last time

The Eastern Daily Press carries news of Brockdish School, which closes this week after pupil numbers have fallen over the last few years.

As the school term ends most youngsters will be looking forward to spending their free days with friends.

But for pupils at Brockdish Primary School, near Harleston, the last day of term was tinged with sadness because the school will not reopen its doors in September. The future of Norfolk’s smallest primary school, which started the year with 12 pupils, had been uncertain for a number of months before its permanent closure was confirmed at Easter.

However staff and pupils were determined to celebrate their last day at the school and create happy memories to take away with them.

The youngsters watched a film, enjoyed the sunshine in their playground and were thrown a party in the afternoon. As a parting gift the pupils, who are aged between five and nine, were given farewell presents.

Jacqui Sydney, head of school, said: “At the moment it is still quite surreal. It is a sad day, but it is a celebration of the children here. They are fantastic.

“There are a lot of positives; it is a new adventure for them. And socially they will benefit from a larger range of children to interact with.”

The eight pupils who finished the last term at Brockdish primary will be going to schools in Harleston, Pulham Market or will be home schooled.

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