Autism Facilities Set To Close At Aylesbury School
5:57am 28th August 2014
(Updated 1:07pm 28th August 2014)
Facilities designed to help autistic children at Elmhurst School in Aylesbury look set to be closed by the council, according to a recent report.
They say the change is needed as only one student uses the facilities which recieves enough funding top support ten.
The only affected student is moving to another school in September
After asking members of the public about the closures, only one person out of 26 was against them.
The school has also found it difficult to recruit staff with sufficient skills to work with autistic students but those who are already involved with the facility will be moved to different posts within the school.
Here's a statement from the council:
The Local Authority have worked closely with Elmhurst for a number of years specifically in relation to the ASD provision at the school. Over the past four years the numbers of pupils accessing the provision has fallen significantly. In January 2014 the Governing Body approached the LA to request that a consultation could commence to propose closure of the ASD provision. This was done in agreement on the LA. At this point there were only 3 pupils accessing the provision and more appropriate provision was allocated to them. There was a good response to the consultation with the majority being in favour of closure.
In terms of provision we are looking to expand our overall places for ASD pupils across the LA. The closure of the ASD provision at Elmhurst releases much needed funding to be dispersed elsewhere.
To find out more details and read the council's report please click here.
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