Delamere to ad­vise

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

LEAD­ERS OF the Delamere For­est spe­cial needs school in Manch­ester have ad­mit­ted de­feat in the fight against clo­sure. But they have pledged that Delamere will con­tinue as an ad­vi­sory char­ity.

“The school has def­i­nitely closed but the char­ity will go on,” said gov­er­nors’ chair Mal­colm Joels, con­firm­ing that Delamere had failed to raise the £500,000 needed to se­cure its sur­vival. The fi­nal classes were last week.

Most of the 17 pupils have found al­ter­na­tive school­ing for Septem­ber. Some will be ab­sorbed into the In­scape House autis­tic school in Sal­ford, where Delamere had re­lo­cated as a stand­alone Jewish fa­cil­ity a year ago.

The school’s orig­i­nal premises will prob­a­bly be sold to a green en­ergy com­pany for con­ver­sion into of­fices. Money re­main­ing af­ter debts are cov­ered will be used to sus­tain Delamere’s fu­ture char­i­ta­ble work.

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