A private school on the Lincolnshire coast has closed down just days before the start of term. The Viking School in Skegness is the only private school in the area – but its current financial situation meant that it was “no longer viable” to keep it running.
Solicitors Sills & Betteridge informed parents of the school’s closure on Thursday, August 24. Lincolnshire County Council is now working to assist the affected families to help pupils find alternative places.
The Viking School, on Church Road North, is an independent school which teaches around 58 children from ages two to 11. Parents will now need to find schools elsewhere for their children to attend when the new term begins during the first week of September.
The school is currently listed on Rightmove under Poyntons Consultancy for £225,000. Geraldine O’Neill, sustainability and development manager at the county council, said: “Lincolnshire County Council has been notified that the Viking School in Skegness has closed unexpectedly on 24 August 2023.
“The early years and childcare support service is currently working to assist affected families accessing early years funded education places. Parents can use the Family Services Directory (Lincolnshire FSD) to find alternative childcare provision. Alternatively, they can contact the Family Information Service on 0800 195 1635 (freephone).
“We have contacted the parents and are supporting them to find alternative places. Some children are going to school, some have already found places at other nurseries in Skegness.
“We’ll continue working with a range of childcare providers within the Skegness area to support the childcare places for children up to 4 years old, being offered to families. The local authority is committed to ensuring there are sufficient early years and childcare places for children in this area.”
A spokesperson for Sills & Betteridge said: “Regrettably, we confirm that The Viking School was forced to close on 24 August 2023. The school was actively marketed for sale for some time, but unfortunately a buyer could not be found.
“The resulting financial situation sadly meant that the school was no longer viable and the difficult decision was therefore made to close before the start of the new term. Sadly, a small number of pupils will need to find alternative schooling and we understand that Lincolnshire County Council are assisting parents and carers with this.
“At this difficult time we are looking to support the school’s employees.”