Wednesday, 9 March 2011

First class facilities to be installed at Whitkirk Primary School

State-of-the-art facilities for children with physical and medical disabilities in east Leeds are to be built at Whitkirk Primary School.

More than £500,000 will be spent on providing new facilities at Whitkirk primary from September 2011. The money will provide new facilities which will allow the children to spend up to 80 per cent of the day in mainstream education.

The facilities, for up to 14 children, will include an area for physiotherapy, a medical intervention room, a nurse’s station and a care suite and a new lift will be installed to give easy access to all children to accommodation on the upper floor. Two new classrooms will also be created through the remodelling of existing accommodation to allow the school to expand from a one and a half form entry to a two form entry school, a process that began in September 2010.

The go-ahead to spend £541,895 on the new facilities was given by Leeds City Council’s executive board today (Wednesday).

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“Whitkirk Primary School will have some of the most advanced facilities available installed as part of this expansion which will cater for up to 14 children with special education needs. The aim is for the children to spend up to 80 per cent of their time in mainstream education which will help with their education and development.

“We are committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of their needs, has access to be best possible education. This investment will ensure that children in this part of Leeds will have the best possible start to their learning.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services, said:
“These facilities will be a fantastic addition to Whitkirk Primary School. They will signal a new beginning for the school which will have some of the most innovative and specialist features in the city. We are committed to investing in our schools and facilities and these will provide a real boost to education in this part of the city,”

Consultations on the new facilities were carried out with the NHS, the school, Leeds City Council and the East SILC. Work is due to start in May with the new facilities opening in September.

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