The BBC is reporting that campaigners are fighting to save a specialist school for deaf children which closed suddenly last week.
Parents were informed on Friday evening that the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent, would close with immediate effect…
Campaigners say the school is one of a very small number that cater for deaf children with complex additional needs such as autism and learning difficulties.
At the time of closure, there were about 150 children at the school and college.
“Many parents will be unable to work, as they will now have to care for their highly vulnerable children,” the British Deaf Association (BDA) said.
Six children had no home to go to over Christmas, because their families were unable to meet their needs at home, the organisation added.
BDA chairman Dr Terry Riley, a former governor of the school, said he was “saddened” by the closure.
The school, which opened in 1792, was the oldest school for deaf children still operating in the UK, he said.
“These are children who have been marginalised by society for being ‘unteachable’,” he said.
“Yet, through the perseverance and dedication of the staff, parents and family, they had hopes.
“It is an extremely worrying situation for pupils and their families to see these hopes shattered.”
Dr Riley said the BDA had requested urgent meetings with the administrators and with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and still hoped to have the decision reversed…
Let’s hope a suitable outcome can be reached here because it sounds like the closure will have a signifiant impact on many of the children who have been attending the school.
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