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Suffolk County Council due to publish review into Riverwalk School in Bury St Edmunds after Christmas

A council has announced that a review into safeguarding at a Bury St Edmunds special school is due to be published 'immediately after Christmas', in response to concerns raised by parents about their children's welfare.

Riverwalk School has been under investigation by Suffolk County Council, which is responsible for the school, after claims of children being left in the same nappy for eight hours, returning home with unexplained injuries and not being fed properly.

Cllr Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said that the council was aware of the concerns 'raised by a small number of parents'.

Riverwalk School, Riverwalk Campus, Mayfield Road, Bury St Edmunds Picture Mark Westley. (6113763)
Riverwalk School, Riverwalk Campus, Mayfield Road, Bury St Edmunds Picture Mark Westley. (6113763)

He said: "In response to these concerns Suffolk County Council commissioned an independent safeguarding review at the school. This is due to be published immediately after Christmas, but I can confirm that the independent review provides assurance that Riverwalk is a safe and effective school.

"Following the receipt of the report, a meeting will be held with parents. The review has been helpful in identifying some areas for development and we will continue to work closely with school leaders at Riverwalk to support them in their work to address the school’s priorities for further improvement."

He added: "The quality of education for children with specialist needs is a high priority for us regardless of the type of school that children attend and therefore the planned voluntary academisation of the school has not impacted the actions we have taken.”

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