LANCASHIRE County Council has denied that primary schools across Hyndburn will close after plans were leaked on the sustainability of rural schools.
The leaked paper, which was seen by a cabinet member, suggests that more than one primary school could share a headteacher or governing body.
And pupils could receive lessons by ‘video link’ to another school, if they do not have the budget to pay for specialist teachers.
The council says the measures, aimed at saving costs and making headteacher roles in more remote areas more attractive, are not part of a review.
But Hyndburn primary teachers say they hope the cost-cutting measures do not compromise teaching standards.
Paul Whaling is headteacher at Rishton Methodist school in George Street, which has 162 pupils and around 20 teaching staff.
He said: "Standards can’t be compromised and education comes first.
"That’s what we’ve got to look at.
"Every school has got to look at its own needs and the needs of the community.
"That’s our main concern at the moment."
The decision to tackle the problem of the rising number of retiring headteachers comes after the recent appointment of Bob Scott.
The council appointed the former headteacher this year as director of Universal and Prevention Services.
Helen Denton, executive director for Children and Young People at Lancashire County Council, said: "We are not considering the closure of rural primary schools.
"We understand the importance of small rural schools, both educationally and culturally, and in fact are looking at ways in which we can help such schools to become more sustainable in the future.
"Small country schools are close to people’s hearts and I would like to reassure parents who may have had their anxieties raised by these rumours that we are actively looking at ways to ensure that small rural schools can continue to serve their local communities."