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(UK) Doncaster: Second special school under fire for abuse

August 5, 2021, Doncaster Free Press: Report slams second Doncaster school probed over 'abuse' allegations Central England

Wilsic Hall School near to Tickhill was shut down earlier this year by Government officials following an emergency inspection which also saw Fullerton House Childen’s Home School in Denaby also closed after concerns were raised over safeguarding issues at both. A police probe was also launched into the homes, which are both run by the Hesley Group. Now an Ofsted report into Wilsic Hall has said the school did not meet all of the independent school safety standards required when inspectors made an unannounced and emergency inspection in March. A report said: “This inspection was triggered as a result of complaints and concerns about the school’s safeguarding arrangements and the welfare of its pupils. Inspectors found that the school’s safeguarding arrangements do not meet requirements…. “The school’s leaders do not monitor how consistently and thoroughly staff across the school implement the school’s own safeguarding procedures. Leaders have not made sure that safeguarding records are detailed and clear. Safeguarding records do not provide the information needed for leaders to assure themselves that pupils are safe in school.” The school has capacity for 36 pupils aged from 11-19 with complex special needs with most pupils dagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder while some have a range of other diagnoses. The emergency inspection was triggered by safeguarding concerns and was the second emergency inspection since the school’s last standard inspection in March 2018.


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