x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dubai special needs school reopens under new management

Parents whose children attend St Andrews were delighted on Sunday morning when the special needs school reopened under new management.

DUBAI // Parents whose children attend St Andrews were delighted this morning when the special needs school reopened under new management.

They had been devastated last Wednesday when they turned up to find the gates locked amid claims that the former owner, Christopher Reynolds, had fled with all the school's funds. He denies any wrongdoing.

The mood was very different this morning after Dubai Education, the company that runs the Canadian University of Dubai, agreed to take over.

"I'm relieved," said one parent. "The children are back in school, the parents are happy, and you couldn't have asked for a better outcome."

The families were greeted at the villa in Al Safa that houses the school by the new principal, Kamal Fodil. He said: "I believe the parents want to put this behind them. They are happy to see that their kids are back in school."

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