Lincolnshire

Queen's Park School in Lincoln to shut despite protests

A special school in Lincoln is being closed by the county council despite parents campaigning to save it.

Pupils who attend Queen's Park School in South Park will transfer to other special schools in the city.

Some parents had argued that children would be disrupted by moving to the other schools.

Lincolnshire County Council said the buildings were not fit for purpose and the transition would be "sensitively handled".

The pupils will attend either St Francis School in Wickenby Crescent, or St Christopher's School in Hykeham Road.

County councillor Patricia Bradwell said: "We acknowledge that any change like this is difficult but we will make sure the transition to the other schools is sensitively handled for the good of the children."

'Most vulnerable'

The school was assessed as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors in June 2009.

Governors at Queen's Park appealed for a new school building the same year, but the council began consultation to close the school earlier this year.

Debbie Gutsell, who started a petition against the closure and whose 10-year-old son Josh attends the school, said: "If the school wasn't meeting the children's needs as it is, they would not be outstanding with Ofsted.

"I don't believe that a shiny new building on a different premises is going to help, I really don't.

"Our children are the most vulnerable. They will be the most severely affected and I honestly don't see how it's fair."

The council's executive approved the proposal to close the school with effect from 31 August 2013, but an annex for pupils aged 14 to 19 will remain open.

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