14 Dec 2012

Special-needs school head says safety systems in place for merger

5:16 am on 14 December 2012

A special-needs residential boys' school at the centre of a row over a merger with a special-needs school for girls says doubt and uncertainty has been created in the minds of parents.

The High Court has ruled the Education Minister acted unlawfully when she made the decision to close Salisbury School and merge it with boys' school Halswell Residential College, saying it would put the safety of vulnerable girls at risk.

The head of Halswell Residential College's board, Simon Buckland, says the information presented to the court was vague and misleading.

He says there are systems in place to ensure students safety.

Mr Buckland thinks its unfortunate the bigger picture of ensuring the best education for children with disabilities is being lost.