Specialist school devastated

TRACKS autism sensory gardenTRACKS autism, a specialist early years centre, that provides an outstanding education to children with autism has been left devastated after its funding was axed – leaving the future of the school in doubt.

The centre based at The Glebe in Stevenage provides one-to-one education for autistic children from across Hertfordshire and has Ofsted’s highest rating, but it has been told by Herts County Council that its nursery grant credit which funds 26 per cent of its costs has been withdrawn.

The decision comes after​ a change in central government policy on giving grants to schools that charge fees. Top up fees from parents makes up 32 per cent of TRACKS’ costs, with the rest from charitable donations.

An eleventh hour meeting between school trustees and county officials for discretionary treatment to keep the £11,500 funding in place failed.

Mervyn Terrett chairman of the school trustees said the whole school is “devastated and appalled” by the rejection.