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Surbiton school in talks to take over special needs provision at Tolworth primary

A Tolworth primary school may soon have its special educational needs provision taken over by another school.

Knollmead Primary School is in discussions with specialist school Dysart, in Ewell Road, Surbiton, over plans to hand over the running of its special needs provision.

It is unclear whether this means the special needs unit will be moved to Dysart, or stay at Knollmead under Dysart's supervision. The plans are expected to save money for Knollmead. Knollmead became part of the Coombe Academy Trust which runs Coombe Boys’ and Coombe Girls’ following an Ofsted inspection in July 2013, which rated the school inadequate.

Headteacher Emma Kelty, who vowed to restore the school's reputation, departed less than a year into her new job, and is now travelling the world. Dysart, which caters for children with a range of severe and complex learning disabilities, was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012, and was graded outstanding in all four categories.  Knollmead Primary School did not respond to a request for a comment made by the Surrey Comet through Kingston Council this week.

But on the same day the Comet contacted the council about the proposal, Coombe's executive headteacher Deborah Walls sent out letters to parents informing them about the potential changes for the first time, and warning them about a possible article in the paper.


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