The independent secondary school has announced it will close next year due to mounting costs.

The Small School in Hartland has announced it will close next year due to mounting costs.

The school made the announcement ‘with huge sadness’ as it has cost more than the school can fundraise to run.

Faced with falling student numbers, a building needing a huge amount of repair work and very little cash left in the bank, the school’s trustees have decided to devote what funds we have left to fulfil the obligation to existing GCSE students and allow them to complete their secondary education.

Trustee Frances Stuart said: “We’ll be striving to make next year our hat-trick of GCSE successes but would very much like to celebrate the full 35 years of the Small School’s history, not just the more recent past.

“So we’ve ear-marked Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2, 2017, for a sort of ‘Festival of Smallness’.

The school would like students, parents, guardians, anyone with an involvement with The Small School since its founding in 1982, to be part of this celebration.

Frances added: “We hope to put on a full celebratory programme of exhibitions, films, music and, of course, plenty of food.

“Planning for the event will start in the new year and if anyone has any ideas or memories they’d like to share with us they can get in touch by emailing us at office@thesmallschool.org.uk.”

The ews comes after the school celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate in GCSEs from A*-C.

The Small School is an independent secondary school with a maximum of 40 pupils on roll.

It was established in 1982 by a group of parents and offers a unique holistic and personalised approach to education with a broad and creative curriculum.