Tower Hamlets Labour Group has called on the Heads and Governing Bodies of Morpeth, Oaklands and Swanlea Schools to reconsider the decision to close the Cambridge Heath Sixth Form Special Educational Needs Unit.
At a meeting of the council, Cllr Danny Hassell put forward a motion calling on the Mayor and council to support the campaign by parents to keep the Cambridge Heath SEN Unit open. The motion was passed unanimously.
Cllr Danny Hassell, Schools Spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
"We have been fortunate in this borough to have good, high quality SEN provision, both within mainstream schools but also in the form of specialist schools. Unfortunately Cambridge Health Sixth Form has proposed closing its foundation unit which currently supports 21 young people with special educational needs.
We in the Labour Group believe that this borough should be proud of providing high quality support to young people with a range of needs. We are concerned at what seems to be the slow erosion of services for vulnerable young people and their families.
We are formally calling on the Headteachers and Governing Bodies of these schools to reconsider their decision to close the SEN unit.”
Cllr Marc Francis, of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“These 21 young people with Special Educational Needs have as much right to further education as any other youngster. The SEN Unit at Cambridge Heath Sixth Form Centre does a fantastic job for them and it is absolutely wrong for it to be shut down. It’s is really frustrating that it has taken so long, but I am pleased that our motion finally helped persuade the Mayor to press the Heads of Morpeth, Oaklands and Swanlea to think again and retain the SEN Unit.”