Birmingham news Hunters Hill College set to shut after damning Ofsted rating PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Hunters Hill College, which is based in Bromsgrove, caters for up to 135 pupils
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A special school serving pupils in Birmingham is set to be closed following a damning Ofsted inspection report and repair needs totalling £5 million. Hunters Hill College, which is based in Bromsgrove, Worcs., but serves the city, also faces a deficit of up to £2 million by the end of the 2021/22 financial year due to a reduction in pupil numbers. The secondary school caters for up to 135 pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs and currently has 83 pupils, with no Year 7 pupils taken on last September. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Birmingham City Council officers have stated the school is no longer financially viable, and cabinet members will be asked to approve the closure of the school next week (Jan 19). Following complaints, Ofsted inspected the school and presented it with an “inadequate” rating in October 2019 – taking particular issue with language in the school’s behaviour policy stating naughty children would be “hung drawn and quartered”. The regulatory also found that “the arrangements for safeguarding at the school were not effective and at times pupils’ safety was at risk because staff did not manage behaviour well”. Read More Related Articles BirminghamLive newsletter: Daily news direct to your email inbox Read More Related Articles Get daily coronavirus updates with BirminghamLive newsletters straight to your inbox Boarding provision at the school was subsequently ended from July 2020, and a survey of the school found several buildings are “beyond economical repair”. A report to cabinet states: “The cost of bringing all buildings up to a basic, warm and dry standard is estimated to cost circa £5 million. This level of investment would not provide value for money and would not provide a suitable building for the needs of the children. “As a result of these issues the school has not been able to open fully for all pupils since schools reopened in September 2020. “Pupils who have not been able to attend the school site have been educated through remote learning which is not sufficient to support these pupils’ educational needs in the long term.
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. The council held a consultation in two parts into the closure of the school, with the majority in both cases against the closure.
Proposal to shut down failing Bromsgrove-based special school facing £2m black hole
Standards could fall further at 'inadequate' Hunters Hill special school, warning A consultation respondent who was a former member of staff at the school said: “Resources like Hunters Hill (with residential provision) are needed within the city. Birmingham will minimise financial deficit short term but long term, more students will require out of district placements costing the city millions of pounds. “I predict the city, once financially viable, will do a u-turn and resources like Hunters Hill will start to pop up again within Birmingham. After all, it was deemed a need within the city once - why not now?” A parent of a former pupil who was in favour of closing down the school said: "All children deserve a good education and those with SEND need schools which meet their needs [...] Hunters Hill fails these pupils." The cabinet meeting can be viewed at civico.net/birmingham on January 19 from 10am.
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