Two Independent schools closes their doors days before start of new term

Two Independent schools closes their doors days before start of new term

Two independent schools have been forced to close, just days before they were due to welcome pupils at the start of the autumn term.

Rastrick Independent School in West Yorkshire posted a notification on its website, giving parents no explanation for the sudden closure.

Head teacher, Susan Vaughey, stated that the school would close from 30 August, leaving 71 pupils searching for alternative places.

In Norfolk, Hethersett Old Hall School was forced to write to parents admitting that it was going into liquidation.

The independent school, which had 111 pupils on its register, confirmed that while its creditors will all be paid in full, it did not have sufficient funds to continue operating.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Stephen Crump admitted that the school had not been able to “attract and retain enough pupils to remain financially viable”.

According to an Independent Schools Inspectorate report, the school had 160 pupils on its books in 2017 – representing a 30 per cent drop in just two years.

The school, which charged £5,210 a year for day pupils and £9,760 a year for boarders, had provided education for girls aged three to 18 and for boys, aged three to 11, but had planned to go fully co-ed from this term.

Two Independent schools closes their doors days before start of new term