Statutory notice for the proposed closure of The Mary Towerton Primary School

Closed 26 May 2023

Opened 28 Apr 2023

Feedback updated 13 Jul 2023

We asked

We asked for views on a statutory notice for the proposed closure of The Mary Towerton Primary School at Studley Green, High Wycombe.

The consultation ran from 28 April to 26 May 2023.

This followed an initial consultation on the proposal from 28 February to 2 April 2023.

You said

We received 10 responses to the consultation:

  • 9 online survey responses
  • one email response

Of the 10 responses:

  • 4 (40%) agreed with the proposal to close the school from 31 August 2023 and 6 (60%) did not agree.
  • 5 said they were local residents and one a school staff member

No respondents said they were parents / carers of pupils currently at the school.

We did

On 3 July 2023, the Leader of Buckinghamshire Council approved the closure of The Mary Towerton School with effect from 31 August 2023.

The responses to either consultation did not include any alternative proposals to closure from external organisations or local schools.


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We are seeking your views on our proposal to close The Mary Towerton School at Studley Green, High Wycombe.

Notice is given in accordance with section 15 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and The School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of schools) Regulations 2013 that Buckinghamshire Council intends to discontinue the following maintained community school with effect from 31 August 2023:  

The Mary Towerton School, Studley Green, High Wycombe, HP14 3XN 

Together with the Governing Board of The Mary Towerton School, we have considered the responses to the recent consultation on the future of The Mary Towerton School which ended on 2 April 2023. As it did not provide any viable options to support the school remaining open, we are publishing this statutory proposal for closure.

The main factors leading to the closure proposal are low and falling pupil numbers impacting on the school’s financial viability and consequent ability to sustain a high-quality education for pupils.

This Notice is an extract of the full proposal. A copy of the full proposal is available to download below. Alternatively you can request a copy via email or by post: The School Commissioning Team, Buckinghamshire Council, 1st Floor, Walton Street Office, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UZ.

Related documents

Before you respond to this consultation, please have a look at the following documents:

How to make a representation

Within four weeks of the date of publication of this proposal, any person may agree, object to, or make comments on the proposal in the following ways:

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us at

Please tell us your views by midnight on Friday 26 May 2023.

What happens next

With The Mary Towerton School Governing Board, we will consider all the responses we receive.

The Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, would take the decision on the final outcome. A statutory decision must be made by Friday 21 July 2023.

If the decision is taken to close the school, it is proposed that this would take effect on 31 August 2023.


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