Campaign launched to save Rotherham school

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A campaign has been launched to stop the closure of a troubled Rotherham special school, with councillors being urged to axe the plans.

Abbey School in Kimberworth, which has 87 pupils, is set to shut next summer with the children transferred to other centres across the borough.

Officers acted after an Ofsted inspection found the school was inadequate following months of pupil unrest caused by staff restructuring.

An online petition has been launched and signatures will be collected in the town centre on Saturday.

Cabinet members were lobbied by unions this week to change their minds over the proposals, which would also cost 37 jobs.

A meeting for parents has also been arranged at the Green Dragon pub in Kimberworth next Wednesday from 6.15pm, where union members say their will give them the ‘true story’ behind recent events.

The school teaches children with a range of behavioural and learning difficulties. Consultations on the closure are under way.