School move will ‘put pupils first’

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TOWN hall bosses have re­as­sured par­ents that pupils at a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs school will not be dis­rupted dur­ing the con­struc­tion of a new build­ing.

But Stock­port Coun­cil say no de­ci­sion has been made as to the lo­ca­tion of the new build­ing pro­posed for Lis­burne School.

They said that the Of­fer­ton spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs school will re­main in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion while the new and ex­panded school is built.

The new build­ing, and its lo­ca­tion, will be sub­ject to a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and the coun­cil say no de­ci­sion on a pro­posal has been made yet.

One of the school’s gov­er­nors, Jenny Humphreys, said staff at the school are work­ing hard un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances with classes be­ing taught across six build­ings, and will en­deav­our to en­sure that the im­pact on chil­dren is min­imised.

She said that spe­cial needs pupils due to go into re­cep­tion class in Septem­ber 2019, that could not be of­fered a place, would need to be sent to schools out of the area, some of which may be in­de­pen­dent.

Coun­cil­lor Dean Fitz­patrick, Stock­port Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Ed­u­ca­tion, re­as­sured par­ents that their child’s ed­u­ca­tion would be un­af­fected. He said: “We’d like to re­as­sure par­ents and staff at the ex­ist­ing Lis­burne School build­ing that they will not be dis­rupted at all as a re­sult of their new build­ing.

“We re­alise that this can cause worry and con­cern and along with the school, we want to as­sure ev­ery­one that we have the chil­dren’s best in­ter­ests at heart as we move for­ward with Lis­burne’s new build­ing.”

●●The cur­rent Lis­burne School build­ings

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