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TROUBLED SPECIAL SCHOOL LOOKS SET FOR CLOSURE

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A special school in Shropshire faces closure after officials have admitted that they cannot solve its problems, the...
A special school in Shropshire faces closure after officials have admitted that they cannot solve its problems, the Birmingham Post reports (p5).

Ashley Residential School, at Market Drayton, which can take 42 pupils with serious emotional and behavioural difficulties, was criticised by Ofsted in 1993 for 'serious weaknesses' in all aspects.

Measures taken by Staffordshire CC to tackle the issues, including replacing two-thirds of the teaching staff, were to no avail. The school was without a head at the time of a later Ofsted inspection.

In a report to tomorrow's education committee meeting, chief education officer Dr Philip Hunter says: 'The significant level of support the authority offered to the staff and governing body and the serious nature of conclusions reached through the Ofsted report, leaves little alternative than closure'.
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