02:01AM, Thursday 13 March 2014
The only Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in the Royal Borough is facing closure.
Under proposals put forward by the borough's children's services team, the Brocket School in Boyn Hill Avenue could shut its doors at the end of the academic year.
Cabinet member for children's services, Cllr Phill Bicknell says the closure is to enable the council to focus on providing better 'outcomes' for Brocket pupils and not due to costs.
The unit, which costs £600,000 to run annually, has 12 students aged between six and 15.
Children referred to the PRU often show behavioural problems, with many having been excluded from mainstream education.
It employs 13 members of staff, including 10 teachers, which the council said will be offered alternative positions if the closure goes ahead.
"Their needs will be better met having specific tailored education," he added.
A consultation will run until the end of March.
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