(UK) St Helens: New special school ($10.3M); 'We are delighted'

Oct 6, 2021, St Helens Reporter: Work under way on new Penkford School in Newton-le-Willows

Western England Staff and pupils from the school had the chance to see the work for themselves when they paid a visit to the school’s new home at the former Red Bank Education Unit in Newton-le-Willows with members of St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet. Contractor Galliford Try will complete the transformation of the site so that the maintained special school can continue to support young people from across the borough. The council approved the £7.6m [$10.3] project in September 2020 which will see the vacant site brought back to life with the extension of the existing building to create a more therapeutic learning environment, incorporating new learning spaces as well as a dining and multipurpose sports hall….. Councillor Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, said: “It’s fantastic to finally see work starting on this exciting project that will support young people across our borough who need the specialist care and education that Penkford provides…. “We’re also delighted that Galliford Try are connecting with the wider community in Newton-le-Willows and are delivering a range of projects to support other schools and groups in the area.”…