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(UK) Balderton: $17M rebuilt special school; "growing demand"/councilor 'delighted'

Mar 23, 2021, Newark Advertiser: County Council Chairman opens new Newark Orchard School online https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/virtual-opening-of-newarks-new-orchard-school-takes-place-9192222/

(East central England) The chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Stuart Wallace, has officially opened the newly rebuilt Newark Orchard School in a virtual opening ceremony….. Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Philip Owen, chairman of the children and young people’s committee, the school’s headteacher Margot Tyers, and Laura Redfern, chair of school governors, all attended the event…. Newark Orchard School, in Balderton, is a special school for pupils aged from three to 18, which provides for a wide range of complex needs. The new school, which includes a day service centre, was built as part of a £12m [$17M US] rebuilding project. … The new school, with modern, purpose-built facilities, includes a hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms and an autism unit. It has space for 140 children and young people, with capacity to expand to 170 places in the future. It will help to meet growing demand for specialist school places. The new school and day centre were funded by the council, with a £1m contribution from national government. The facilities were designed and built by the Arc Partnership. Mr Wallace said: “It was a great honour to officially open the Newark Orchard School…. "It has a much higher capacity for pupils and hosts a range of impressive new facilities…. Mr Owen said: “I was delighted to attend the online opening…. Mrs Tyers said: “I am really pleased with our brand new, state of the art school. Our previous buildings were spread across two sites and in a state of disrepair….


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