Parents vow to fight to keep Rotherham school open

Rudston School, Rotherham. Pic: Neil Theasby.
Rudston School, Rotherham. Pic: Neil Theasby.

Parents of children who attend Rudston Preparatory School in Rotherham have vowed to fight to keep the school open.

The school on Broom Road announced last week that lower pupil numbers than in previous years may mean the possible closure of the site at the end of the summer term on July 9.

However, a meeting between parents and the school’s trustees on Thursday afternoon saw the formation of a joint committee which will work towards raising funds and pupil numbers.

A spokesman said: “As a parent body we want to do everything we can to ensure the school remains open after this academic year finishes and secure its future for the long-term.

“The meeting we had on Thursday showed how much the school means to the parents, staff and trustees and re-emphasised what a loss it would be if the doors were closed for good.

“Our children love attending Rudston School and we hope to share that message with the people of Rotherham over the coming weeks.

“Since the news was announced last week parents have been constantly in touch with the school to support staff and also to provide ideas for what the next step might be.

“Rudston is the only independent school in Rotherham and we think it provides a superb alternative for parents who wish to educate their children via this route.

“We would urge other parents to visit the school to see for themselves why we’re so passionate about keeping it open for the children of Rotherham now and in years to come.”

Rudston operates both a nursery and primary school educating children from the ages of 3 -11 at its Broom Road site. It has occupied the former residential buildings since 1948.

In its most recent inspection (October 2013) it was given a glowing report achieving an excellent score in six out of eight categories, the other two categories being assessed as good.