Pi­o­neer­ing school is of­fi­cially opened

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

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

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