Manchester City Council

Consultations & surveys Consultation on proposal to close Buglawton Hall School

The consultation closed on Friday 21 July.


On 13 September 2017, the proposal to close Buglawton Hall School was agreed by the Executive. Read the report (item 10).

The proposal

We are proposing to close Buglawton Hall School in Congleton, Cheshire. This a local authority residential special school for boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties from Year 5 to Year 11. 

Why we’re proposing to close the school

The number of children who attend the school has fallen from 41 to 14 pupils since 2008 (three of the pupils are from other local authorities), while the demand has gone up for day placements within the city.

What we’ll do instead

It costs us around £1.6m to run the school each year. We want to reinvest the funding into new educational provision for children with SEMH. 

We plan to:

  • develop a greater range of specialist provision; some in mainstream schools
  • create more day special school places in the city

We also want to bring partners on-board and work closely with them to increase early intervention and social care support.

We will work with parents of children currently attending the school to make sure their needs are met.

See statutory notice and full proposal

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