School dorm shut in fears over pupils

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA - BY KAREN ROCKETT

A PRI­VATE school for autis­tic chil­dren has been told to shut its res­i­den­tial care unit be­cause of safe­guard­ing con­cerns.

The clo­sure or­der comes af­ter an Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment warn­ing of “se­ri­ous reg­u­la­tory fail­ings”.

An Of­sted in­spec­tion at 33- pupil Cruck­ton Hall School near Shrews­bury had high­lighted fears over teach­ing stan­dards, pupil wel­fare and lead­er­ship.

Now Shrop­shire Coun­cil is try­ing to find ac­com­mo­da­tion for the 20 chil­dren who boarded there.

One par­ent said he was not sur­prised at the de­ci­sion and claimed the school’s management was not fit for pur­pose.

The school said it is work­ing to the ad­dress the prob­lems “quickly and thor­oughly”.

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