New £13 million school unveiled

Josie Thirkell, Executive Head Teacher of Springwell Community School
Josie Thirkell, Executive Head Teacher of Springwell Community School
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PUPILS have moved into Barnsley’s newest school, the latest of 11 secondaries to be rebuilt around the borough.

The £13 million scheme involved construction of Springwell Community School.

It is part of the town’s £1bn Building Schools for the Future programme, in which every secondary in the town will be rebuilt or refurbished.

The school is for pupils with behavioural and emotional special needs, aged from just three up to 18.

Coun Linda Burgess, cabinet member for children and young people, was at the handover ceremony and said she was delighted with the facility.

“This is an amazing new building which provides the best possible learning and support environment for vulnerable young people from across Barnsley,” she said.

“The head and staff must be congratulated for their excellent contribution to the design of the building which incorporates the very best facilities for their pupils.”

The building will enable the school to support the individual needs of every student, with the flexibility to adapt to future requirements and changes in teaching.

Executive headteacher Josie Thirkell said: “All of the staff and pupils are thrilled with their new school. The pupils have said they cannot believe they are so lucky.

“We are looking forward to sharing in the future possibilities that are more easily achievable because of the new school and the high level of investment by Barnsley into their special needs children.”

Greenacre School and the Shafton Advanced Learning Centre will be next, opening in September and January.