Penhurst Closure Proposed

After months of rumour, Action for Children this morning formally announced its proposal to close Penhurst School.

The residential school, on New Street, supports profoundly disabled children and young people, but currently only looks after around 15 children.

Barbara Street, from Action for Children, said:

“Action for Children has very reluctantly made the extremely difficult decision to propose the closure of Penhurst School.

“We do understand that many people will be anxious about this news, but despite our best efforts the number of children and young people at Penhurst is decreasing as there is a fall in demand for providing this kind of care. As a result, the service is proving unsustainable and is losing income.”

A consultation with staff will now take place, and Action for Children says it welcomes the views of families and the community. A final decision will be made about the school in February 2013.

If you would like to give your views about the proposed closure, Action for Children will take submissions until Friday 30 November. Write to: Penhurst Feedback, Penhurst School, New Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5LN, or email penhurst@actionforchildren.org.uk.

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