(UK) Stockton: $1.7M autism school to open; 'It's hugely exciting'/'We are delighted'

Jan 27, 2022, Northern Echo: New school for autistic children ready to open in historic Stockton building

NE England

THE transformation of an historic Teesside building into a school for autistic children has been completed after a charity’s £1.3m [$1.7M] investment. The North East Autism Society (NEAS) has worked in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to give disused Kiora Hall an “exciting” new lease of life…. NEAS chief executive John Phillipson said: “It’s hugely exciting to have reached completion, and it’s been a pleasure to work so closely with a local authority that shares our passion for improving the lives of children with special educational needs. “I want to thank my own staff for the work they have put into this project, and we have been so impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the council to improve the lives of families with autistic or neurodiverse children.”… Staff training and child assessments have already been taking place, with personal support programmes being put in place, ready for the first pupils to enroll in the spring. A second cohort of around 12 children will join in September, and NEAS is looking to recruit teachers and teaching assistants as well as support staff such as cleaners, and kitchen workers…. Roseworth councillor Jim Beall said: “We are delighted to have been working with NEAS. It’s a win-win because the building now has an exciting new purpose that will change lives.”