June 7, 2019, Lincolnshire Lincolnite: Two new special needs academies open next week https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/06/two-new-special-needs-academies-open-next-week/ Work has been completed on two new academies in Lincolnshire for pupils who can no longer access mainstream education. The academies in Lincoln and Grantham will open next week. Regional contractor G F Tomlinson completed works on the two alternative provision academies, creating 126 places for children and young people in the county aged between 4-16. Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln on Macaulay Drive and Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham on New Beacon Road have been delivered in partnership with Wellspring Academy Trust and Lincolnshire County Council. This has been done through the Department for Education’s Construction Framework. An open event for teaching, support staff and local residents was held on Friday, June 7. The schools in Lincoln and Grantham will open to pupils on Monday, June 10. Each academy will accommodate 63 pupils and provide specialised teaching spaces, a special educational needs therapy room, sensory room, hygiene room, fitness suite, parents’ room, hall and Multi-Use Games Area.. CEO of Wellspring Academy Trust Mark Wilson said: “We have been working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and the Department for Education over the past three years to substantially improve the offer to young people excluded from school and at risk of exclusion in Lincolnshire. “The opening of these new schools marks a key milestone on this long journey. The schools will provide a safe, caring and inspirational environment where our young people can be supported to reach their fullest potential.” G F Tomlinson is also delivering a third academy with Wellspring Academy Trust. Springwell Alternative Academy Mablethorpe – a refurbishment of part of the former Monks Dyke Tennyson secondary school on Seaholme Road – will complete at the end of June ready for students to start in the week commencing July 8.