End of an era as school closes after 30 years

Lalage Bosanquet and pupils at Rock Hall School celebrate their good news.

Lalage Bosanquet and pupils at Rock Hall School celebrate their good news.

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A north Northumberland independent school will close this summer, despite efforts to save it during the past two years.

Rock Hall School was under threat in 2011 and parents vowed to fight to keep it open, but now the end is in sight.

Co-principal Lalage Bosanquet said: “The parents put up a great fight, but too many of our older children are leaving this summer and we can’t go on.

“We don’t have enough children for next year and the governing body decided it was impossible to continue.

“We decided to announce it now to give everyone plenty of time.

“It’s very difficult for a small independent school in this current economic climate.

“The biggest shame is that we will have to make several people redundant.”

At one point it seemed as though the school had been saved, particularly with the setting-up of an early-years nursery last year.

“It seemed like that until right past Christmas, but in the end too many parents decided they wanted alternatives,” Mrs Bosanquet added.

“I think it’s a miracle we have gone on as long as we have.

“It’s been very hard and very sad. However much we celebrate, it’s a big loss to the community and certainly a big loss for the village.”