Borough's only Pupil Referral Unit facing closure

Borough's only Pupil Referral Unit facing closure


Lucy Golding

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Borough's only Pupil Referral Unit facing closure

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.

Cllr Bicknell (Con, Park) said the PRU pupils could return to mainstream schools in Windsor and Maidenhead and decisions will be made on their individual circumstances.

"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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