Ribbon cutting marks opening of special school

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A new school has opened in the former Dean Row Day Centre providing 80 spaces for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The special school, which is a satellite site for Springfield School in Crewe, has been designed and built with special consideration for the access, safeguarding, and sensory requirements of pupils aged four to 18 with a range of needs, including autistic spectrum condition, severe learning difficulties and profound multiple learning difficulties.

A handover ceremony was held on Friday 16 February with pupils given the honour of formally opening their new school. Students, alongside other dignitaries, cut the ribbon to officially kickstart a new era of learning, focused on being healthy, safe, both enjoying and achieving, making a contribution, and entering the adult world with multiple life and education skills.

Councillor Carol Bulman, lead member for children and families at Cheshire East Council, said: "I am absolutely delighted to see this school open and the first group of children enjoying their lessons.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in the construction and delivery of this truly special school.

"A key priority for us has been to understand how many additional school places we will need for children and young people with SEND and for us to grow within that forecast. This will increase choice for families, reducing journey times and supporting pupils to be part of their local community.

"We have already made considerable capital investment into increasing school places having provided over 230 new places in our special schools and resource provisions in the last five years."

Lisa Hodgkinson, head teacher at Springfield School, said: "We have been working closely with Cheshire East Council over a number of years to increase specialist places for children with cognition and learning difficulties at our site in Crewe. We were absolutely delighted last week to open the doors to our new satellite school in Wilmslow. The school will offer a further 80 places for children across Cheshire East from age 4-18.

"We understand how much the provision is needed within Cheshire East to support young people and their families. Conlon Construction have been amazing to work with and really understood what we needed to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our young people."

Kirsty Arthur, head of school, said: "The first two classes have settled into their new school exceptionally well and we look forward to gradually increasing numbers over the next 12 months. The Wilmslow community have been extremely welcoming, and we look forward to building relationships for the future.''



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Jean Berman
Tuesday 20th February 2024 at 4:58 pm
How wonderful .we need more of these schools all across the country. I wish you good luck and hoping the children benefit from this school.
Heidi Sumner
Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 10:07 am
This is excellent news. We need many more.

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