Centre for primary pupils at risk of exclusion has permanent home

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A SUPPORT centre for pupils who have trouble settling into mainstream school was officially opened this month.

The Lennox Centre, based on the Bedenham Primary School site in Gosport, offers temporary intensive support for youngsters to get them back into mainstream school.

It can support up to 24 primary-aged children and their families from the Gosport, Fareham and Havant areas, as well as supporting mainstream schools through one-to-one tuition and training mainstream teachers.

The centre is named after Lennox Moore, 12, who was the first to benefit from the centre, which was originally set up in a Scout hut on Trosnant Junior School’s site, in Havant.

Lennox had been at risk of permanent exclusion but three years on he is looking forward to a brighter future.

His mum Jackie said: ‘The centre has been like a light at the end of a tunnel. When Lennox was having difficulties settling in at primary school we didn’t know who to turn to for help.

‘He responded well to the activities they provided for him, including outdoor activities and got him really interested in learning. Now he’s back in a mainstream school where he is doing really well.’

The council-run centre has supported 74 children since it was set up in 2007.