An under-fire special needs school could be closed for good by the end of the year after it was continuously forced to shut over safety fears.

Homewood College has been in special measures since 2021 and new pupils will no longer be admitted to the school from the next academic year.

Now, Brighton and Hove City Councillors will meet to consider whether to close the school by the end of 2024.

The school’s future was thrown into doubt last year after monitoring visits by Ofsted found the school remained inadequate having been in special measures since December 2021.

The special school in Queensdown School Road, Brightonsuffers from “stubbornly poor” attendance and high staff turnover had “unsettled the school community”, an Ofsted report found.

Councillors will decide whether to close the school in a meeting at the end of the month.

The council said it has consulted with parents and carers and has stopped admissions to the school for the 2024/25 school year.

Alternative educational placements will be found for pupils still at the college.

The school will effectively close from September as no pupils will attend from then, but proposals before the council cabinet would begin a consultation into the formal process to shut Homewood by the end of 2024.

The school has been subject to an Academy Order for more than two years, but no Academy Trust has been found willing to take over the running of the school on a permanent basis.

Homewood College caters for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs in Brighton and Hove.