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26 June 2018, 08:25 | Updated: 26 June 2018, 08:34
Children with learning disabilities are going to benefit from a near £9million revamp at a special school in Ulverston.
All the buildings at Sandside Lodge School are being replaced - and a sensory room and hydrotherapy pool added.
The upgrade should be finished by September next year.
Councellor Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said: “This is an exciting development which will create a centre of excellence for special needs learning in Cumbria. The new-build will provide much-needed modern, purpose-built facilities for pupils and staff at Sandside Lodge as well as a base for our Special Autism Teaching Support team.”
Councellor Sanderson, who is also Chair of the Governors at Sandside Lodge School, added: “The current Sandside Lodge School has served the community well but the buildings date back to the 1960s and no longer meet modern day standards for access and learning. In addition, the school’s location on a busy industrial estate is far from ideal.”
Donna Stretton, head teacher at Sandside Lodge, said: “We are so excited about the new build which will give our students the school they truly deserve. Right from the start they have been fully involved in the project – they even chose the colour scheme for the exterior of the building – to ensure the new build can fully cater for their needs and make the school a wonderful place to learn.
“We’re very keen for our students to see how the new build is progressing so we have a working wall in school with photos of the building site for each month. Some of our older students will also be creating a video diary of the building work which they’ll be sharing with the whole school and their families.
“The new build will create a school that meets more than just the basic needs of our students. New facilities like the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room will promote communication and independence and will help our students to further develop the skills they need for life.”