Our new Sheffield school is a really special place

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PUPILS and staff are settling in after their Sheffield special school moved to a new home as part of a £10 million improvement project.

Woolley Wood, a primary for youngsters with learning difficulties and disabilities, has moved from its old site in Shiregreen to a new campus linked to Mansel Primary at Parson Cross.

Eighty pupils aged from two to 11 are now in the state-of-the-art facility which will also enable them to integrate with the mainstream primary next door.

Their new school has many design features specific to the needs of disabled children, including a hydrotherapy pool, an interactive sensory room and specially designed bathroom areas, all with continuous ceiling hoists to connect them to classrooms.

The new facility has also been equipped to accommodate increasing numbers of wheelchair users, while another new feature is a shared community room where adult learning and social activities can be held.

The aim is to encourage parents to visit the school and become more involved in events and their children’s education.

The project has been managed by Kier Sheffield in partnership with Sheffield Council to create resources which will of benefit to both schools.

The work also involved significant remodelling and refurbishment of Mansel in order to provide an improved environment for staff and children.

Kier’s regional managing director for maintenance Simon Bullen said: “With the new facilities in place for Woolley Wood Primary School and the refurbished Mansel Primary School, both will now be able to work together to ensure every child receives the best possible education.

“Providing high quality facilities to pupils of all abilities is a great privilege and we are proud to have worked on a project that will bring benefits to children from both of these schools for generations to come.”