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Fight goes on against proposed closure

From left to right: Claire Wood, Immy Wood, Charlie Wood and Anne Bell at 10 Dowing Street.
From left to right: Claire Wood, Immy Wood, Charlie Wood and Anne Bell at 10 Dowing Street.

A petition which has attracted more than 19,000 signatures against the possible closure of a rural village school has been handed in to 10 Downing Street.

Branton Community First School could shut its doors for the last time in summer 2017, as part of proposals for the reorganisation of schools under the Alnwick Partnership. Consultation on the plans runs until October 22.

Last week, Branton pupils Charlie and Immy Wood, along with mum Claire – who launched the petition – and grandmother Anne, went down to London to hand in the document.

Signatures have come from around the world and Anne said that it showed the strength of feeling against the proposal to shut the schoool, which recently marked the 90th anniversary of being in its current building. Last Friday, Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan went to the school to chat to parents and pupils.

The petition can still be signed online. Signatures have also been added to paper copies of the petition.