Three Shropshire schools close for last time

Staff and pupils were saying an emotional farewell today as the axe fell on three primary schools in Shropshire.

Staff and pupils were saying an emotional farewell today as the axe fell on three primary schools in Shropshire.

Shawbury, Hopton Wafers and Maesbury Primary Schools are closing following cuts imposed by Shropshire Council.

Under the plans a single primary school, called Shawbury St Mary’s CE Primary School, will be created from September.

Shawbury Primary School spokeswoman Tracy Roberts said the school has about 105 pupils who were due to release balloons to mark the occasion.

Sian Hawes, headteacher of Hopton Wafers Primary School, near Cleobury Mortimer, said the school has seen its numbers slide from a high of about 60 in the mid 1990s to just five.

At Maesbury Primary School, near Oswestry, the school’s 22 children have been presented with paperweights carrying the school logo plus DVDs containing pictures of the school.