Fletching Primary School parents and fund-raisers have set themselves a target of raising £60,000 by October to save their school from closure.
They say changes in government funding mean they can’t afford to run the school with 65 pupils and a shift in budgets to a cost per pupil will leave them without enough money to cover basic expenses and everyday running costs.
The Save Fletching School – Keep Small Rural Schools Open campaign says East Sussex County Council has given them until October 11 to come up with a solution or else the school will be closed.
Vicki Hlisnikowski, a parent and fund-raising committee member says £60,000 would cover the government shortfall over the next two years.
She added: “If we can combine this with raising pupil numbers by another 21 children the school can then stand on its own feet.”
A JustGiving page has been set up to enable people to donate to the cause.
It says: “Your money will eradicate our budget deficit for the next two years. And increasing our pupil numbers across these two years is an easy achievement, with schools in surrounding villages and nearby towns full to capacity, and housebuilding and homebuyers on the increase.
“We already have a dedicated team promoting our school, with numbers on the rise despite the council’s threat of closure.
“And that’s because pupils at Fletching School thrive. Our dedicated and passionate staff, governors, and parents, ensure the progress pupils make whilst at Fletching is outstanding. We’re a hidden gem in the heart of the Sussex countryside.”
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