Potential reprieve for 87 staff and 271 pupils

A top East Staffordshire school which left pupils and staff devastated by announcing its closure could now be saved by a mystery investor.

Last week everyone associated withAbbots Bromley Schoolwas rocked by the news low pupil number forecasts would force it to close after nearly 150 years.

But now, in a sensational development, bosses have confirmed they are in talks with a party interested in buying the private school, which charges parents at least 21,000 a year.

A spokesman said: The board of governors atAbbots Bromleycan confirm that they are in talks with a potential investor who is interested in buying the school with the intention to continue running it as a school for local and international students.

Both the governors and the investor have signed a non-disclosure agreement whilst the deal is being negotiated.

Therefore, no further details can be discussed at this time.

It comes in stark contrast to the announcement governors made last week.

Speaking on Thursday, March  21, chairman of governors Pauline Norvall said: A three-year plan was put in place with a view to steering the school to profitability, but after the latest figures, it became clear that this was not achievable.

The difficult decision has been taken to close the school at the end of the 2019 summer term.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the headmaster and all of our teaching and support staff.

This decision is in no way a reflection of the calibre of teachers we have here at Abbots Bromley.

Our pupils and theAbbots Bromley School communityare our main concern during this difficult time.

Everything possible will be done to minimise disruption and ensure they continue to receive the same high standards of education and pastoral support that Abbots Bromley School has always provided, for the remainder of the academic year.

At the time of the announcement, Abbots Bromley School was the third private school in the area to announce its closure in recent years.

The others were Kadampa Primary School, Etwall and Manor House School, Ashby.

They closed in December 2016 and November 2018 respectively.

Abbots Bromley School, in High Street, is part of the Woodard Group, which also runs Denstone College and Denstone College Preparatory School, near Uttoxeter.

It had been a girls school for many years, but had recently allowed boys to study there too.

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