New class­rooms and bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity as part of county project

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

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FOUR new class­rooms and im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity for pupils is just part of a pack­age of build­ing work that got the seal of ap­proval at Pater­nos­ter School in Cirences­ter.

Pater­nos­ter School pro­vides sup­port for chil­dren and young peo­ple aged two to 17 years with se­vere or pro­found and mul­ti­ple learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

The im­prove­ments to the school build­ing come as part of the county coun­cil’s £100 mil­lion in­vest­ment into schools in Glouces­ter­shire.

The work in­volved re­plac­ing and re­mod­elling the older parts of the build­ing and con­struct­ing a new, larger two storey ex­ten­sion in its lo­ca­tion.

This has pro­vided the school with four class­rooms which in­clude a group room, class­room store, wheel­chair store, and ac­ces­si­ble out­door ar­eas; pur­pose built hoist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and dis­abled WC and hy­giene room fa­cil­i­ties to bet­ter sup­port pupils at the school.

Cllr Joe Har­ris, county coun­cil­lor for Cirences­ter Park, said: “This is great news for Pater­nos­ter School. The im­prove­ment work has been suc­cess­ful in pro­vid­ing a wide range of de­vel­op­ments to the build­ing and its fa­cil­i­ties which will im­prove les­sons for the pupils.

“I now want to work with the school to help se­cure fund­ing for the re­place­ment of the re­main­ing tem­po­rary class­rooms.”

Head­teacher Julie Man­tell said: We have cre­ated a more ac­ces­si­ble learn­ing space for our pupils and I look for­ward to see­ing them ben­e­fit from this with les­son plans and ac­tiv­i­ties.”

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