Salisbury School likely to shut its gates

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Salisbury School is likely to close after an announcement by the Ministry of Education today.

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith says he is saddened but not surprised by the Minister of Education’s decision.

“It is with sadness that I note the Minister’s decision to initiate consultation on the closure of Salisbury because the school has helped hundreds of young women over the past century and the school has a long history with the local Richmond community,” says Nick.

“I accept Salisbury School cannot go on in its current form. You cannot justify $2 million a year, 42 full-time and part-time staff and the use of a prime 8 hectare site for nine pupils. The situation next year becomes even more untenable, with seven of the nine pupils completing their programme under the usual practice for residential schooling.

“The decline in Salisbury’s roll to unsustainable levels is because most families are choosing intensive, localised support…Times have changed, with a shift away from institutionalised, residential care to providing more support in the normal home and school environment.

Nick will be meeting with staff, students and the board at Salisbury as the Ministry of Education works through the proposals for closure and decides the best future use for the site.