Independent primary school in Pocklington to close

Newlands School Yorkshire in Pocklington.
Newlands School Yorkshire in Pocklington.

An independent primary school in Pocklington is set to close due to reduced admissions and financial constraints, but its nursery will remain open.

Newlands School Yorkshire, for children aged between 4 and 11, will cease to exist at the end of the current term. However, the school’s nursery – Pocklington Montessori – and its Mini Montys group will stay open for business. The school’s proprietor, Beaconhouse Education Services, told the Post that it hopes to re-open the school in a couple of years’ time.

The Carr Lane school, which opened in 1992, currently has 16 pupils on its roll, and the nursery has 87 pupils.

Headteacher Janet Arber, who only took on the role in October last year, said: “The end of term will see big changes at one of Pocklington’s best known schools. It will be a ‘back to the future ‘ change at Newlands School Yorkshire, as the doors close for children of school age and the organisation reverts back to providing nursery and child care for 0-4 year olds. A falling roll and financial contraints were the deciding factors.”

The news comes after the school was told it “requires improvement” by Ofsted following an inspection in January this year.

It was rated as requiring improvement in the following areas - effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, early years provision and overall effectiveness. It was given a “good” rating for personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The annual fees for day pupils who attend the school is £6385.86.

Newlands School Yorkshire was previously known as Pocklington Montessori School. It changed its name in 2013 after it was decided it needed to differentiate itself from the nursery.

The school is an associate of Hymers College, Hull. However, this partnership will finish at the end of this academic year.

Mrs Arber added: “Our focus remains with our wonderful children. There is a lot of learning to be made before 8 July and of course a variety of fun activities have been planned for our pupils to support learning and mark the end of term.”

A spokesperson for Beaconhouse said: “For several years Newlands School Yorkshire has experienced falling roll. It is a hard decision to make, to close a school.

It is life-changing for our staff. We wish to thank them for all their care and support for the pupils.

“Technically, the school is not closing. The building, equipment and resources remain. We have decreased our age range to

consolidate in the nurseries, regrow and hopefully in two years time begin once again to admit pupils of school age.

“The decision was taken to make an early announcement to provide time for pupils and staff to find new schools for September. We wish the pupils a, parents and staff well in their future endevours.”