Work be­gins on site of new spe­cial school

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WORK has started on the site of a new £6.5m school be­ing built for chil­dren with autism.

The Hollinwood Academy is be­ing built on the site of the for­mer Kasken­moor school site, along­side the ex­ist­ing New Bridge School.

New Bridge, which is also spe­cial school, has been cho­sen as the academy’s spon­sor and will pro­vide guid­ance for the new school – for chil­dren across the autis­tic spec- trum – once it is up and run­ning.

Con­trac­tor Ex­traspace So­lu­tions has started to clear the area while the main 3,000-square me­tre teach­ing block is be­ing con­structed off-site. The steel-framed mod­u­lar units will be low­ered into place by a huge 250-ton crane later this month.

New Bridge prin­ci­pal, Gra­ham Quinn said: “Our vi­sion for all Old­ham pupils who have ad­di­tional needs is that they have the very best schools, the very best staff and the very best op­por­tu­ni­ties. Hollinwood Academy will con­tinue this proud Old­ham tra­di­tion.

“We will en­sure the school be­comes a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence and drives for­ward a chal­leng­ing agenda.

“We have been in­un­dated with re­quests for places from fam­i­lies through­out the bor­ough.”

The school is due to open its doors to 140 stu­dents this Septem­ber.

Coun Amanda Chad­der­ton, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, added: “This new school is fan­tas­tic news for lo­cal par­ents and fam­i­lies and it will im­prove ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren with autism.”

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