Bristol Alternative Provision Lost After Charity Calls in Administrators
An alternative provision (AP) used by children in Bristol is to close after the charity running it went into administration.
The Hop, Skip & Jump Foundation, which operates in several locations – including from a base at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood, ended 2018/19 with a deficit of nearly £223,000. The charity offers respite care to children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities (Send).
Its Kingswood base was its biggest provision featuring sensory rooms, various activity rooms and large outdoor space including sports area and adventure play equipment.
AP was offered to children aged 4-11 years, to help them be ‘nurtured’ outside of the typical school environment.
The base provided up to 10 places to Key Stage 1 primary school aged children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire on part time timetables. It did not take those with an EHCP so it did not breach Ofsted guidance covering independent schools.
Quantuma has been appointed as the administrators after Hop Skip & Jump were forced to call them in after several difficult financial years, resulting in the loss of over 50 jobs.
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