A VIDEO and images have been released showing how a new, multi-million pound specialist school offering extra support for children with social, emotional and mental health needs has been created over the last nine months.
The new school, called Mo Mowlam Academy, is being erected in Redcar opposite Redcar and Cleveland College on Corporation Road and is expected to be completed early next year.
It has been largely funded by the Department for Education with contributions from the council and will replace the Grangetown specialist education facility which was previously known as Pathways School and has a limited capacity of 66 pupils. The new academy will be able to accommodate up to 100 primary and secondary school pupils.
At present more than 40 children in the borough with social, emotional and mental health needs have to be educated elsewhere. This means that more children will be educated closer to home and the more central location of the new school will reduce the travel distance for students across the borough.
Drone video footage of the new building shows the creation of state-of-the-art teaching spaces, specialist classrooms, a large hall, a soft play area and sensory calm rooms. In addition, the pupils will have access to extensive external areas including playing pitches and a multi-use games area, which are not currently available at the Grangetown facility.
The Mo Mowlam Academy is part of Horizons Specialist Academy Trust (HSAT) which supports four existing academies and a Sixth Form in Middlesbrough and Stockton. Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is providing the funding required to cover the installation of specialised doors, tinted glass, CCTV and the addition of customised block work. HSAT will also be providing the soft play area, new furniture throughout and a range of new IT equipment such as computers and interactive white boards in every classroom and meeting rooms.
Councillor Alison Barnes, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “It is exciting to see this very important building take shape. This wonderful new academy will support families in our borough for many years to come”
Principal of Mo Mowlam Academy, Rachel Glover, said “All the staff and children deserve the best possible facilities and we are all incredibly excited about the new building and looking forward to the move to the new facility.”
Mark Gardham, Regional Director at Interserve Construction, said: “We are proud to be working on such an important building, which will provide greatly improved specialist facilities for students and an enhanced learning environment. Interserve’s appointment on this project is a real testament to the expertise within our regional team and our excellent track record in delivering some of the best education facilities in the UK.”
Students from Redcar & Cleveland College considering a career in the construction industry have been involved in the building work. Work started in January and it is expected the building will be completed early next year.
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam was the MP for Redcar from 1987 to 2001 and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland helping to bring peace the province. She died in 2005, at the age 55 after suffering from a brain tumour.