Due to the declining number of pupils on the books, the school was inevitably closed in July 1960. The head teacher Mrs Boast said “the closing of [the] village school was not a tragedy, as the children would have better facilities in a larger school. It was not possible to teach such a small number adequately”.
So it is that the building was sold to a private couple. An application was made in February 1961 to change the use from ‘old school’ to ‘dwelling’, which was granted in April of the same year. The redundant school became one of the first in Norfolk to be converted into a family house.
The property fulfilled this role over the next 29 years, until plans were drawn to extend the existing building on a large scale, thus creating the ‘Oakbrook Residential Care Home’. Despite all the good intentions this venture did not appear to last for many years, with an early closure. Initial proposals were made in 2003 to adapt Oakbrook into a hostel for the homeless, but amid much local opposition these efforts were aborted.
Gt. Moulton Football Team 1949-50