School boarding future to be decided

A formal consultationhas startedto get public feedback about a proposal to close overnight boarding accommodation at Pebble Brook School, Aylesbury.

The four-week statutory ‘representation’ period follows apublic consultation in September, which drew 84 responses, 73 of which were from pupils who were asked about the proposal at an assembly.

Parents and carers said the Pebble Brook boarding provided respite care for them and a number who responded stressed the importance of respite for parents, carers and young people.

Currently only six pupils board at the school, which caters for children with specific learning difficulties, and Buckinghamshire County Council proposes to close the accommodation at the end of the Spring term in March.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said that if, at the end of the representation period, he decided the accommodation should close, the County Council would ensure a suitable alternative was provided.

During the representation period, which closes on January 31, the County Council invites letters of support or objection to be sent to School Commissioner, Andrew Tusting at County Hall, Aylesbury,HP20 1UZ, or emailed to