Village school is demolished to make way for new houses

Picture sent in by Mail reader Keith Castle.
Picture sent in by Mail reader Keith Castle.

Work has begun this week to demolish a village school near Market Harborough.

Braybrooke School, south-east of Market Harborough, opened its doors in 1973. It was being demolished this week to make way for housing.

The school was shut by Northamptonshire County Council in 2013, when it had just 22 pupils on its registers.

Pupils from the school, who were predominantly from a Traveller background, were transferred to other schools nearby.

Just a year before the closure, Ofsted inspectors had ranked Braybrooke as “good”.

Former Braybrooke school pupil Oliver Jelley (32), managing director of local PR firm Orange Juice Communications, said: ““It’s a sad day to see my old school knocked down as I had many happy memories from my days there.

“I would have loved to have sent my children to the school, if things had worked out differently.”