Pioneering school is officially opened
A PIONEERING secondary school for pupils with special needs has been opened.
Goldwyn Community Special School at Great Chart was officially opened last Friday by KCC cabinet member for education Mark Dance and the school’s chairman of governors Tim O’Connor.
Pupils of all ages performed music and sang to an audience of more than 150, made up of parents, carers, pupils, governors, county councillors and representatives of other agencies.
Goldwyn is a secondary school for special needs pupils with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Pupils are brought in daily by taxi from all parts of Kent to study there.
Most arrive with a long history of difficulties in mainstream schools and many have been excluded and lack motivation and self esteem.
Goldwyn school provides a full programme of GCSEs, personalised learning and intensive emotional and behavioural support.
Head teacher Bob Law said: “The school is the first of its type in southern England.
“We have seen such enormous pride shown from the students for their new state of the art building and are delighted that they have something that really demonstrates the value that Kent places on them and their education.”
In January, staff and pupils moved into their new purpose- built school. Over the past six months the gradual demolition of the old school and the landscaping of the grounds have completed the scheme.
New facilities include a music and sound recording studio, design and technology suite, science lab, art studio and classrooms with a full range of ICT equipment.
The school is built around a large sports hall which acts as the hub, providing space for daily assemblies, drama productions, concerts and sport.
Goldwyn’s car workshop provides opportunities for vocational learning to act as a stepping stone to diplomas in further education.
From left, John McNamara of KCC Property Group; Tim O’Connor chair of governors; students Simon Rousell and Luke Trice, ex-student Alex Roberts; Mark Dance KCC cabinet member for education; ex-student Floyd Winch and Bob Law, head teacher of Goldwyn