Opt-out majority is just one vote
Tensions have heightened, however, over the one spoiled or blank paper that was returned in the ballot over GMS for the 190-pupil school.
And while Stuart Smith, chair of governors, draws up the proposal to take the school out of local authority control, opt-out opponents are looking for irregularities in the ballot with a view to staging a re-run. They claim to have found at least four parents who were not issued with ballot papers, and one said: "This has really divided the village."
Grant-maintained status was raised by governors before Christmas as a possible solution to overcrowding. Average class size is in excess of 30. "With only six classrooms we are bulging at the seams," said Mr Smith. "We need a seventh classroom."
Derbyshire told the school it could not afford to provide an extra classroom, he said, and the Pounds 60,000 it quoted was beyond parents' means.
Governors voted 8:2 in support of the GM ballot while staff, according to Mr Smith, backed it unanimously. But Martin Bisknell, one of two local authority-nominated governors, who was against the school going GM, said: "There is no real clear mandate for the school opting out."