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Flash Primary school awaits final decision on closure
Flash Primary school
The first recorded school in Flash dates back to 1760

Pupils and teachers at a rural school in the Staffordshire Moorlands are in for a nervous wait, as its future is in the balance.

On 19 January, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet will look at whether Flash Primary School will stay open.

Headteacher Dehra Griffiths insists that it would be a great loss to the community if it shuts.

Although the school has a capacity to teach around 50 students, it currently has fewer than 10.

Geoff Tunnicliffe, who is a governor at the school, said: "We think it's got to stay open because Flash is a unique place."

Children safety

He is also concerned about the safety of children if they are forced to move to another school.

"The biggest thing as far as I'm concerned is this danger of moving children away from Flash in bad weather," said Mr Tunnicliffe.

"What would you do if you were stranded in a bus away from Flash, and they were stuck in a blizzard?"

The nearest school to Flash is Hollinsclough Church of England, which is more than five miles away.

Hollinsclough, another rural school with low pupil numbers, has recently seen children attending rise from five to 23. This has been achieved through the introduction of its 'flexible school options', whereby many students attend on a part time basis.

Village life

Cabinet member for children and young people at Staffordshire County Council, Ian Parry, said in a statement that the council had a commitment to rural schools and it recognised the part they play in village life.

But he added that, wherever possible, children should learn with other children of the same age.

Staffordshire County Cabinet meets on Wednesday, 19 January.

At over 1,500 feet above sea-level, Flash is the highest village in England.

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