Appeals ignored as special education centre closure goes ahead

Jake George

Jake George

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A SPECIAL education centre has been closed despite pleas for a reprieve.

The school attached to Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre at Bransgore has closed due to funding issues.The outdoor activity centre is unaffected and remains open as usual.

Earlier this month, head teacher Jake George appealed with UK Youth charity bosses to give them a chance to turn the situation around.

He said eight staff could lose their jobs if the school was to close.

The school provided education for youngsters who were unable to stay in mainstream education, sometimes for behavioural reasons, and needed specialist education.

Along with vocational courses, the facility also gave work experience to youngsters in a bid to boost their motivation and self-confidence.

Mr George said he was worried what would happen to the teenagers if the facility was to close.

A spokesperson for UK Youth said it was with “great regret” that the charity had decided to close the Avon Tyrrell and Bournemouth and Poole Youth Achievement Foundation (YAF).

“A considerable number of young people excluded from mainstream schools and colleges have been given support that has either helped them back into education or onto employment”, the spokesperson added.

“The decision to close the YAF has been reached after recent national government policy changes made the provision financially unsustainable.

“Over the last year the charity has under-written significant losses whilst it sought to secure fresh public and private funds to make the YAF viable and recruit more students.

“UK Youth is very proud of the work we have done since the YAF opened.

“We know there is significant demand for the kind of provision we have created at Avon Tyrrell - sadly there isn’t always the necessary level of funding to go with this.”

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3:19pm Mon 25 Aug 14

60plus says...

They are to busy giving money to overseas they forget charity starts at home.
They are to busy giving money to overseas they forget charity starts at home. 60plus
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6:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

60plus wrote:
They are to busy giving money to overseas they forget charity starts at home.
We still give Argentina aid. How do you think they could afford to invade the Falklands? Still it makes Cameron look good while he's kissing Obama's backside
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: They are to busy giving money to overseas they forget charity starts at home.[/p][/quote]We still give Argentina aid. How do you think they could afford to invade the Falklands? Still it makes Cameron look good while he's kissing Obama's backside HRH of Boscombe
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8:15pm Mon 25 Aug 14

nothing is I sortable says...

This really should not be closing/happening - where are these children going to go now? Who is going to probed them with an education and let them know how good they are - they have been let down by society in the first place and now when they actually have someone who gives a dam about them - it is taken away from them - Why?
This really should not be closing/happening - where are these children going to go now? Who is going to probed them with an education and let them know how good they are - they have been let down by society in the first place and now when they actually have someone who gives a dam about them - it is taken away from them - Why? nothing is I sortable
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8:17pm Mon 25 Aug 14

nothing is I sortable says...

*provide not probed
*provide not probed nothing is I sortable
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7:33am Thu 28 Aug 14

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I really like essays. It certainly explains why I love Vanity Fair and Atlantic Monthly. And I've been thinking a lot about empathy lately. Some of these essays are just spectacular. sarahmario
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