Work to start soon on special needs centre

By in Education

A NEW £250,000 centre for children with special education needs is to be built at Minehead Middle School –despite schools around the country facing cuts to their budgets.

Work is due to start soon on demolishing a temporary classroom at the school to make way for the new centre, with construction due to begin in the summer once plans have been approved by the district and county councils.

The single-storey centre is planned to be ready by Christmas, and will be able to accommodate 60 children plus staff at any one time.

Pupils will be able to get support there with difficulties in reading or maths, other learning problems, as well as counselling and a girls’ group for 12 to 13-year-olds in a project to boost mental health.

Paul Rushforth, chief executive of the West Somerset Academies Trust, of which Minehead Middle School is part.

Mr Rushforth said the centre was in a part of the school designed to provide discreet access for the children using it.