Work begins on site of new special school
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.”