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VILLAGERS REOPEN SCHOOL AS NON-FEE PAYING CHARITABLE COMPANY

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A village school in Warwickshire which was closed by the county council reopened today with limited company status,...
A village school in Warwickshire which was closed by the county council reopened today with limited company status, report BBC Three Counties and BBC Cambridgeshire.

Fourteen pupils are back at Priors Marston Primary School thanks to the fundraising efforts of local people.

Villagers had been fighting the closure since it was first proposed three years ago as part of a big reorganisation of rural schools by Warwickshire CC aimed at saving money.

The council went ahead and shut the school, but the local community formed a limited company and began fundraising to save it. In July they were awarded charitable status and managed to raise £40,000 to fund an independent, non-fee paying school.

A head teacher has been appointed and local people gave their own time to refurbish the 150 year old building.
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