Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Village School Was Facing the Bailiffs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Village School Was Facing the Bailiffs

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Byline: By Neil Mckay

A village primary school facing a court order over a near-pounds 5,000 debt has been bailed out by its local council.

Had Durham County Council not agreed to settle the pounds 4,815.38 debt, bailiffs could have been sent in to seize assets at the school, which has 78 pupils aged three to 11.

The council has now called in auditors to discover how Colliery Primary School in Dipton, near Stanley, left the carpet-cleaning bill unpaid.

Cleaning firm the Warner Howard Group took the school to Northampton County Court to recover the cash.

A court spokeswoman confirmed that the action had been filed.

School governor and Durham County Councillor Reg Ord said he was shocked when he learned at a meeting of the governors' finance committee on Tuesday that the school was facing a County Court hearing.

He said: "It is embarrassing and does the school's reputation no good whatsoever.

"I raised the matter and was informed the school had received no correspondence from this company, which I find very strange. …

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