ANOTHER Ellesmere Port school has confirmed that it will not be reopening to more pupils from June 1.

Cambridge Road Community Primary School and Nursery said its governing body reached the "near unanimous decision" following a lengthy meeting this week.

They felt that sending Early Years, Year 1 and Year 6 children back to school on June 1 would "pose too great a risk to the children, their families and the entire school community".

The decision comes after the headteacher at Woodlands Primary in Ellesmere Port revealed earlier this week that the governing body would be putting 'the safety of children and staff first', and continuing to only open to pupils of keyworkers until further notice.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has said it will support schools in making their own decision on whether it is safe to begin a phased reopening from next month.

In a letter to parents and carers, Cambridge Road headteacher Darryl Pickering and chair of governors Brad Lang, wrote: "The meeting lasted just over ninety minutes and by the end of it a near unanimous decision had been reached.

"The governors have decided that Cambridge Road Community Primary & Nursery School will not be following the government advice and will not be reopening to children in those classes (Early Years, Year 1 and Year 6).

"In short the governors did not feel that it was safe to reopen school on this date with confirmed cases and deaths still running extremely high across the country and especially high in the North West.

"The governors have a duty of care to the children, to you as parents of our children and to the dedicated staff who work in our school. The governors did not feel that the current plans shared by the government are robust enough and are not based on sufficient scientific evidence.

"The governors felt that to send the children back on 1st June would pose too great a risk to the children, their families and the entire school community.

"It is worth noting that 66% of our parents in those classes had indicated that they would not be sending their children back to school at this time as they felt the danger was too great.

"The governors will review this decision on a regular basis and put plans in place to reopen when it is safe to do so. School will continue to offer childcare to our vulnerable children and to the children of key (critical) workers."

Parklands Community Primary School in Little Sutton has also confirmed that it won't be able to open up on June 1 and instead will plan for a phased reopening from June 15, with the plan to initially offer places to Year 6 children.

St Saviour's Catholic Primary and Nursery School in Great Sutton confirmed that any reopening would have to be from June 8 at the earliest as the Government target date falls in the middle of their half-term break.