Kent school The Furness faces closure

A school for children with special educational needs may close after only half of its places were filled by students.

A consultation into the possible closure of The Furness School in Hextable has been launched.

Kent County Council said the school had 31 pupils out of a possible 60, and a substantial budget deficit.

Kevin Shovelton, director of education at the council, said the school was "not a popular choice" with parents.

He said: "The school also has a substantial budget deficit from which it may be impossible to recover.

"We are very aware that pupils with special needs may need extra help in changing to another school so we are working with each individual family to make sure their child's needs are met.

"The options for each pupil will be unique to them and we will be working with the families to make sure the transition for these pupils is as smooth as possible and causes minimum disruption to their education."

If given the go-ahead, the closure could take place by the end of August.

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