Education Centre In Witchford Faces Uncertain Future

A SPECIAL education centre for children who are unable to attend mainstream school is facing an uncertain future after the county council announced it would be consulting on whether the service should remain in the area. The Green Box is a small demountab

A SPECIAL education centre for children who are unable to attend mainstream school is facing an uncertain future after the county council announced it would be consulting on whether the service should remain in the area.

The Green Box is a small demountable classroom based on the site of Witchford Village College in Manor Road and was opened around five years ago to help children who were unable to attend mainstream school.

The Green Box provides mainstream education for around a dozen students with behavioural and emotional problems but is facing an uncertain future after Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) began consultations with several local schools in the area.

Despite the ongoing discussions, CCC insists that no decision has yet been reached on the future of the centre,


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"No decision has yet been made on whether to discontinue the Green Box provision at Witchford Village College, a spokesman said.

"We are still consulting with all interested parties. However, if the East Cambridgeshire Behaviour and Attendance Partnership conclude that the current provision cannot continue, an enhanced service will be provided elsewhere."

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The county council also insisted that home tuition offered by the Green Box will continue and similar services will continue to be offered in other parts of the county.

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