Staffordshire's smallest school to close
A RURAL school which no longer has any pupils will officially close at the end of this month.
Staffordshire County Council's ruling cabinet today voted to shut Flash CE Primary, near Leek, after hearing how it was no longer viable as a school.
The decision comes less than two years after the school was given a reprieve so it could federate with nearby St Bartholomew's CE Primary, in Longnor.
Youngsters from both Moorlands schools had been receiving lessons together and splitting their time between the two sites.
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But despite the federation's success, parents found alternative places for Flash's last remaining pupils earlier this term.
The school, which had seven children when it was originally earmarked for closure, will shut completely on December 31.
Councillor Ian Parry, cabinet member for education, finance and transformation, told today's meeting that they had "gone the extra mile" to find solutions to keep open Flash Primary.
And he described the closure decision as a "sad day" for the local community.
But Mr Parry said: "We have ended up as probably the only authority in the land with a school with no kids. That is where we are today."