Four Wiltshire special needs centres to close in 2011

Four special needs centres in Wiltshire will close from August next year, councillors have decided.

The decision follows a review into how children with special educational needs are taught in the area.

The centres attached to Durrington, Harnham and Mere primary schools and Zouch School in Tidworth had all been earmarked for closure.

Two other centres under review at Longleaze Primary, Wootton Bassett, and Malmesbury Primary, will remain open.

The two remaining centres were saved following a campaign by parents and teachers.

Wiltshire Council has said the centres are under-used and that the action is not about cutting costs, but using taxpayers' cash better to support children with special educational needs.

Pupils at the centres which are to close will receive the service in existing mainstream schools from September 2011.

A council spokesman said that if any money is saved it would go straight back into special educational needs services.

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