Councillors have re-think on proposed funding cuts to county’s special schools

Cicely Haughton Special School at Wetley Rocks.

FUNDING for overnight stays at five Staffordshire special schools is to remain in place for the time being.
County councillors have put what would be devastating cuts on hold after receiving a 4,000 signature petition
The affected schools include Horton Lodge, in Rudyard, Cicely Haughton, in Wetley Rocks, and Loxley Hall near Uttoxeter.
The county council has agreed to reconsider its proposal to withdraw funding as part of a wider look at the future of special schools.
Head teachers fear pupils will miss out on essential support to develop their independent living skills if overnight facilities are withdrawn.
Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative MP Karen Bradley recently raised the plight of Horton Lodge Community Special School with education ministers.
Most of ther 53 pupils at Horton Lodge benefit from the overnight provision at least once a week.
Ms Bradley said: I was delighted to hear the news that Staffordshire County Council has continued to fund the residential education provision at each of the five special schools while they develop a special schools strategy.
The Government recenty announced that Staffordshire is to get an extra £11 million in ‘high needs’ funding next year.
The county authority is facing a £4.6 million overspend for its high needs work next year