Thursday, 25 August 2016

Exeter Deaf Academy faces closure...

Fears have been raised by Exeter's MP over rumours the Government could close Exeter Deaf Academy which is the subject of a major ongoing investigation.

Exeter Deaf AcademyA robust action plan is yet to be agreed and MP Ben Bradshaw has voiced concerns over the school's future if it doesn't receive the support and intervention required to address its problems. Since last month the school has been under the scrutiny of the police, the Department of Education (DfE) and Devon County Council following concerns raised about some aspects of its provision.

At the time the investigation was launched, the Echo was supplied with the names of three members of staff who it is said have been suspended pending the investigation, but the school in Topsham Road has continued to neither confirm or deny if anyone had been suspended.

No date has been given for when the investigation will be completed, or its recommendations so far, and the school is yet to come up with an approved action plan of how it will run in the future.

A spokesperson for Exeter Deaf Academy said: "The investigation into the academy has not yet been concluded. However, we have been given initial conclusions and recommendations.