The Bristol Post is reporting that more than 13,000 people have signed a petition asking ministers to try and keep a special needs school in the city open.
St Christopher’s School announced earlier this month they were closing because of financial trouble.
The residential school, based near Westbury Park, provides for about 40 children, all with complex special needs and struggle to go to mainstream school.
It is one of the oldest special needs school in the South West, having been established in 1945.
Worried parents say the school has been burdened with a £4million debt, and are desperate to keep it open. It is expected to close in March next year, with many children being forced to go as far as Southampton to find another school.
Bristol City Council is still in early discussions about finding another school for some of the children.
The petition, which was started by Jacob Maxwell – whose brother attends the school – includes a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Prime Minister David Cameron and Minister of State for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson…
See the petition at change.org: Stop the closure of St. Christopher’s special needs school, Bristol
No idea if it is anything other than an unfortunate coincidence, but this closure seems to be hard on the heels of the similar closure of the Royal Deaf School in Margate.
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