Pontefract school closes after 53 years

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An independent private school for primary age children will close tomorrow after 53 years of educating youngsters.

Inglebrook School in Pontefract has been forced to close at the end of term after dwindling numbers of pupils hit its finances.

The school on Northgate Close opened in 1963 and once had 250 pupils. The decision to close was taken at the end of last month after that number fell to just 50 youngsters. Founder and headteacher Joyce Bellamy said the school was considering whether it could continue to keep its nursery open after tomorrow.She said: “We started in 1963.That was when Pontefract was a thriving town with plenty of businesses and the pits were open.”