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Public feedback sought on school's future plans


New up-to-date teaching areas at Pebble Brook Special School, Aylesbury, could be created if proposals to close its boarding block next February are approved.

They could enable Buckinghamshire County Council to provide more places at the school and meet an increased demand for specialist teaching.

The County Council is running a first-stage public consultation until October 13 on its plans to close the 12-place boarding wing, currently used by nine pupils. A public meeting in the school hall has been arranged for 4pm on Wednesday 27 September.

The County Council says the boarding wing could provide new teaching space and open possibilities for improvements to the sixth-form facilities, although this would depend on the outcome of a county-wide Special Education Needs and Disabilities review, and available resources.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, (pictured)  said: "It's important that we consult fully before making any decision on what we provide for vulnerable young people, so that we're sure it's right to meet their needs."

Following the consultation the Cabinet Member will review the feedback and decide whether to publish a Statutory Notice proposing closure of the boarding wing, which would trigger a four-week representation period for people to comment. 

Pebble Brook caters for children and young people from 11 to 19 with moderate learning difficulties, and difficulties with communication, interaction, social, emotional and mental health.

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