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Mum’s fears for her Charles Read children

Stewart and Sharon Broughton-Eley with their children Jessica and, front, William and Martin.

Stewart and Sharon Broughton-Eley with their children Jessica and, front, William and Martin.

The mother of three special needs children has told of her fears for their future following the proposal to close Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

The mother of three special needs children has told of her fears for their future following the proposal to close Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

Sharon Broughton-Eley says that she thinks her children will not be able to get the same level of care if they move to St Hugh’s Academy in Grantham as proposed by the West Grantham Academies Trust.

Her children, twins William and Martin, aged 11, and daughter Jessica, 13, each receive one-to-one care at Charles Read and Mrs Broughton-Eley is concerned this will be disrupted with a move to another larger school.

Mrs Broughton-Eley, who lives in Great Ponton with her husband Stewart and the children, said: “I think there are a lot of pupils at St Hugh’s. It’s not like Charles Read where they have more time for each child. I don’t think they will get the same level of care or attention at a bigger school.

“Charles Read did not think Jessica would come on as much as she has and I am concerned this could put them back a bit. If I do not accept St Hugh’s then I will have to transport them to another school.”

She said she had had to fight hard to get Jessica a place at Charles Read because she had previously attended Robert Manning School in Bourne but they did not provide free transport

A meeting was held last week when the parents were told about the propsoal to close the school. Mrs Broughton-Eley said: “I don’t think they expected so many parents to turn up. There were a lot of upset parents there.”

Martin said: “Mum will be scared if we have to go to a bigger school and I have just got used to my school.”

Jessica said she thought it was “very sad” if they had to move away from Charles Read.

Grantham MP Nick Boles is due to meet Academies Trust CEO Trudy Brothwell today and he is due to attend a public meeting on Friday, February 15, in Corby Glen.

Mrs Brothwell said last week that there would be no job losses as a result of the school closure and that the additional 230 pupils from Charles Read could be accommodated at St Hugh’s after the trust’s two primary schools were merged, leaving the Earl of Dysart School to be used for lessons by St Hugh’s pupils.

 

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