THE Diocese of Exeter has said there is no alternative for Pyworthy School but closure, according to Devon County Council's online report on consultation into the future of the primary.

The Post previously reported that at a consultation event in January, the Rev Robert Harris, who attended on behalf of the diocese, said it was 'of the opinion' that Pyworthy along with other schools in the Holsworthy Federation 'could have a future' as part of the diocese's St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust.

Pyworthy, a Church of England school, is maintained by the county council and joined the Holsworthy Federation in 2011.

The county council has updated its consultation documents, which are available at">

The report confirmed that the Diocese of Exeter's academy trust had approached the Holsworthy Federation to take over all the schools in the federation and not Pyworthy alone.

The governors of the Holsworthy Area Federation said they were therefore unable to consider the proposal.

The county council said the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education had now withdrawn its objection to the closure of Pyworthy School.

For the full report, and a round-up of the area news and sport, see this week's edition of the Post.