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£6.5m investment delivers new and improved facilities for Lincolnshire special school pupils

A new £6.5m extension to Willoughby Academy in Bourne is set to be officially opened on Friday 6 May

The new building incorporates classrooms and hygiene suites, together with a dining hall and nurse and physio spaces. In addition, pupils can enjoy extensively remodelled outdoor play areas, while the school’s car park has also been extended under the Lincolnshire County Council project.

Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, executive member for children’s services, said:

“The council wants to ensure that all children can access high-quality education, as near to their family and local community as possible. To achieve that, we’re investing £86m in improving our special schools, meaning more pupils with SEND can attend a local school rather than having to travel large distances for their education.

“I’m delighted to see the improvements at Willoughby Academy completed, and I’m sure they will be of immense benefit to both current pupils and those of the future.”

Howard Gee, Chair of The Priory Federation of Academies Trust to which Willoughby Academy belongs, said:

“We are deeply grateful for the council funding which has created such positive and beneficial new facilities for our pupils. They have further enhanced the strengths of the school and will make a big difference to children’s lives for many years to come.”

The construction was carried out by Wilmott Dixon.

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