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Fears Over Cornwall's Small Schools

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7:01am 21st February 2013

There are fresh fears over the future of Cornwall's small schools.

It is as a minimum funding guarantee from the government is due to run out.

There are worries it will not be replaced or be cut.

Rural primaries and secondaries in particular are thought to be bracing themselves for a blow to their budgets.

Head at Cape Cornwall Julie Nash has told Pirate FM the cash is vital: "I can't tell you how important it is for the school to be here for the community. All the kids are known really, really well by everyone and, for me, that's what makes this place so special. There's no child that would ever be lost in the system.

"It would be an awful thought if we weren't here. It's really important we can offer the same or similar as other larger schools."

Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has been asking ministers for reassurance: "They do have a vital role to play in their communities. In very rural areas, particularly around the Lizard peninsula and the south coast around the Helford, we do have quite a lot of small schools. We need to make sure their importance is understood in any funding formula going forward.

"What a number of schools is doing, which I think makes sense anyway, is starting to work together in federations of four or five schools where they can share certain services.

"I think then there's a political role for us, which is to really underline the importance of these small schools."

7:01am 21st February 2013

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