Local authority in urgent hunt for places after private special school closes with two weeks notice

The Mail is reporting that education chiefs are being forced to find emergency care for pupils after a special needs private school went into administration…

The parents of children at Penn School in Buckinghamshire have been shocked by an email announcement this week that it is to close in less than a fortnight because it is about to run out of money…

Headteacher Mary-Nest Richardson told parents the school was taking advice from a psychologist on how to broach the subject of closure with the children, some of whom are boarders.

Penn is a 74-pupil non-maintained school for children aged 11 to 18, with conditions including deafness and autism.

Pupils attend the school from London and the Home Counties, including Buckinghamshire, but some come from as far afield as Suffolk and Oxfordshire.

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire County Council said: ‘We pay for 11 pupils to go there and we have to find new places for them. We are trying to support other parents…’

More at: Shock as special needs school forced to close: Parents told just two weeks before institute goes into administration


I suspect that if close to administration lots was going on behind the scenes to try to save the school and there was a need for confidentiality over this, but not a good situation now for all the children, parents and staff involved.


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  1. AlfredoNokez1

    SchoolsImprove Govt. deride & starve local authorities of funds, but demand they pick up the pieces when their own experiments go wrong!

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