School’s extra week to fight for survival
Deadline extended to find buyers and stop closure of special school
A SPECIAL needs school threatened with closure has been thrown an 11th hour lifeline.
In a last minute decision, Penn School has been given an extended deadline to find buyers and stop the closure.
Campaigners fighting to save the school were told at a meeting on Tuesday they have until Thursday July 31 – one day before it was due to close its doors for the final time.
At least five potential buyers who are interested in the school have been identified, although the school’s administrator could not reveal any other details.
Parents have welcomed the deadline extension, although there are still major concerns.
“It will be difficult and many students, including my son, have been dispersed elsewhere” said mother Stephanie Stacey.
“But there is hope in the air and if a buyout occurs, it might even generate new placements further down the line.
“The school has a sympathetic administrator who is clearly bending over backwards to try and sort this out.”
Earlier this week Steven Baker, MP for High Wycombe, said he was advised neither the Department for Education or County Council can use
EMOTIONAL PLEA: Pupils at Penn School are doing their utmost to save it from closure and now have an extra week to do battle taxpayers’ money to save an Trustees after discussions with the independent school. Department of Education and
He was informed of the closure on Bucks County Council found no June 5 whereas parents and teachers solution to enable the school to were only told a fortnight ago. continue operating.”
He said: “After the school went into Joy Reilly, whose son attends the special measures, pupil numbers school, has begun an online dropped to a level where it was no petition addressed to Education ion longer financially viable. Secretary Nicky Morgan that has
“I understand there are restrictions already reached 3,324 signatures. on sending children to schools which “The school has enabled my son to are not meeting certain standards. flourish and achieve in a way that
“The decision to close Penn School wouldn’t have been possible in a main was taken by the Governors and stream environment,” she said.
Also supporting the campaign are celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, BBC Radio 2 announcer Ken Bruce and James Corden, who tweeted to their followers to get behind the Save Penn School campaign