Special school reopens six months after sudden closure

A special school in Perthshire will reopen soon six months after financial issues forced it to close, according to the BBC

Six months after financial difficulties forced it to close, The New School Butterstone in Perthshire is set to reopen.

The school caters to children with additional support needs and shut down in November 2018, forcing all 24 residential students and 51 staff to leave.

Parents and carers were given just four days’ notice of the closure, leaving all pupils without education.

Thankfully, a new operator has taken over the school and it will reopen as Butterstone House School soon.

The new school will be able to take up to 30 day and residential pupils.

The new school will by operated from the same building by Moore House Care and Education.

Placements will be allocated in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and other local authorities across Scotland

The operator also said it has appointed a full complement of teaching and support staff.

The news was welcomed by Scotland’s education secretary, John Swinney, who also serves as the local MSP.

Swinney said via Twitter: “This is very good news and I am pleased the Moore House Group have come forward to establish this much needed school.”

Alex Linklater, who owns Butterstone House, added: “Last year’s closure was experienced as a tragedy by everyone involved, but this is our second chance.

“Moore House managers and teachers have the experience and expertise to lay the foundations for a new generation of special needs schooling in Scotland, in close collaboration with local authorities.

“At Butterstone House, children who have struggled in life and school will arrive in a place where they are valued for who they are and where they can realise their true potential.”

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