Sadness as Hoole private school closes down

As the new autumn term begins in September there will be one less school in Hoole.

Abbey Gate Prep School, an independent school for children aged three-11, closed down over the summer.

The school has been operating for over 100 years, initially in Walpole Street, then Victoria Road before moving to Clare Avenue in 2006.

In a letter to parents, the head teacher Sally Anne Rhodes- Leader said that increasing competition from the likes of the St Martin’s Academy Free School, on Hoole Road, had made life difficult for fee-paying schools.

She said: “The increasing number of independent and free schools in the area and our small class sizes means that the school is no longer viable.”

She added: “Finally, as hard and as sad it is for me to inform you that our school will close, I believe that we can be proud of the history and accomplishments of Abbey Gate Prep School.

“I am sure you realise that this has been an extremely difficult decision for the governors. On their behalf, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given both to your child and to our school.”

Abbey Gate College, at Saighton, will continue to operate as normal.