Charity proposes closure of Penhurst School for disabled children in Chipping Norton

A SCHOOL for severely disabled children looks set to close its doors next year.

The charity Action for Children yesterday announced plans to close its Penhurst School in Chipping Norton.

Operational Director of Children’s Services Barbara Street said the charity had “reluctantly made the extremely difficult decision” to propose the closure of the school.

She said: “We do understand that many people will be anxious about this news, but despite our best efforts the number of children and young people at Penhurst is decreasing as there is a falling demand for providing this kind of care.

“As a result, the service is proving unsustainable and is losing income – projected to run a substantial deficit over this financial year.

“We remain absolutely committed to meeting the needs of the children and young people at the school and their families.

“If the decision is taken to close Penhurst, we would work with a number of other organisations to ensure that all the children and young people at the school continue to receive high-quality care.”

A final decision will be made by the charity in February, and the school is currently consulting with staff and the community on the matter.

Anyone wanting to give their views should write to Penhurst Feedback, Penhurst School, New Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5LN or email penhurst@actionforchildren.org.uk The announcement comes after the charity refused to confirm whether or not closure was being considered when contacted by the Oxford Mail in May.

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5:28pm Wed 24 Oct 12

xjohnx says...

Glad less people need the service. Only hope existing pupils will be looked after.
Glad less people need the service. Only hope existing pupils will be looked after. xjohnx
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9:24pm Wed 24 Oct 12

benjamin says...

Maybe the real reason is that Penhurst is on a large piece of valuable building
ground.
Maybe the real reason is that Penhurst is on a large piece of valuable building ground. benjamin
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1:36pm Thu 25 Oct 12

xjohnx says...

benjamin wrote:
Maybe the real reason is that Penhurst is on a large piece of valuable building
ground.
And maybe not! Read the full story.
[quote][p][bold]benjamin[/bold] wrote: Maybe the real reason is that Penhurst is on a large piece of valuable building ground.[/p][/quote]And maybe not! Read the full story. xjohnx
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3:32pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Chippy James says...

Actually, the land is certainly very valuable and the school buildings behind the times, hence the decision to close. I believe that Action for Children opened another site further south which will hopefully be available for both staff and pupils. That does not change the fact that the school and its pupils have been a large part of the town for a long time. I only hope the staff are able to find alternative employment.
Actually, the land is certainly very valuable and the school buildings behind the times, hence the decision to close. I believe that Action for Children opened another site further south which will hopefully be available for both staff and pupils. That does not change the fact that the school and its pupils have been a large part of the town for a long time. I only hope the staff are able to find alternative employment. Chippy James
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