Special needs school in Gloucestershire set to learn fate

A Special Needs school in Fairford is set to find out its future in a meeting with Cheltenham Borough Council next Monday.

Coln House Residential Special School removed all of its  35 pupils in July, following an ‘inadequate’ rating from its OFSTED inspection.

As a result, the school was placed into special measures, and the pupils were found alternative specialist units.

Following these special measures being enforced, the entire board of governors resigned in July.

An interim executive board has been assisting in an attempt to find a solution to the school’s situation

Concerns were raised regarding the safety of the youngsters, aged between 9 and 16, both in the school and on trips.

This was highlighted in the OFSTED report, found on the school’s website, which said:

‘Staff lack the necessary training and guidance they need to ensure that pupils are safe in school and in the residential provision’.

The report also underlined that ‘the capacity of senior leaders to drive improvement is inadequate’.

This comes despite the school’s policy to ‘provide a stimulating and rewarding education to prepare our students for the challenge of life beyond school’.

The executive board members will meet with parents, school staff and the Council to consult on the long term future of the unit.



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