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(UK) Leeds: New $11M SPED "learning center" for 120 MORE students

Dec 21, 2022, PBC Today: Henry Boot Construction completes SEN learning centre in Leeds

N. England

Henry Boot Construction celebrates completing work on a new SEN learning centre in Leeds, creating facilities and places for 120 more pupils

Henry Boot Construction has completed work on a new £9m [$11M] Special Education Needs or SEN learning centre in Leeds on Buckingham Road in Headingley.

Located in the Ford House building on Buckingham Road, the venue is to be known as Headingley Learning Centre and is the third SEN campus of West Oaks School.

Established in 1977, the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ SEN school also has campuses located in Woodhouse and Boston Spa and delivers accessible learning environments for 500 pupils aged between 2 and 19….

Purchased by Leeds City Council in 2020, Ford House is an 1850s Grade II Listed manor house set within leafy grounds.

Leeds City Council partnered with West Oaks School and Henry Boot Construction to complete the necessary work to transform the facility into a contemporary SEN campus….

The new campus is now home to around 120 West Oaks pupils, who have access to the very latest therapeutic and training services. The new facility includes high-quality classrooms, curriculum-focused outside play areas, a multi-use games area, interactive activity zones and exhibition space….

“Headingley Learning Centre is an exceptional facility. I would like to thank all the teams involved in supporting us with the challenging project. Due to this further expansion, West Oaks in now one of the largest SEN schools in Europe, with 500 pupils and 240 staff across our three sites.”

Henry Boot Construction director, Craig Finn, said: “We are delighted to have successfully handed over Headingley Learning Centre to West Oaks School. Given the tight programme, it was a real team effort to get the campus in a position to welcome students for the new school year.

“All our projects are rewarding and contribute to the communities in which they are located. However, working on a development that delivers such valuable support to young people in Yorkshire is something that the team is incredibly proud of.”


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