Staff and pupils at Kings Mill School in Driffield are looking forward to the completion of the first phase of a £6.4 million redevelopment which will enhance the facilities on offer and see the creation of a new purpose-built school.
The work to rebuild and upgrade the existing school buildings is being carried out in two phases to allow the school to remain open throughout the work. Phase one, which is due to be completed early in the New Year, has included the creation of a new two-storey building which will house specialist classrooms, including therapy rooms, dining area, a new multi-purpose hall and a hydrotherapy pool, along with a main reception, administrative and staff facilities.
The finishing touches are now being made to the interior of the new building, with decoration and fitting out underway.
The second phase will see the demolition of the existing classroom building and its replacement with a new singlestorey classroom block. Once complete the special school on Victoria Road will have capacity for 120 pupils, many of whom have severe or profound learning difficulties.
The school currently caters for pupils from the age of two years to 19. Students over the age of 16 are taught in the Kings Mill Student Centre, a specialist provision attached to Driffield School. Nursery and Key Stage 1 pupils are currently being taught at what was Gembling Primary School. Although they will move back to the main Kings Mill site once the rebuild is complete.
Headteacher Gail Lawton said the whole school is delighted that the new building is nearing completion. She said: “We are all very excited about it. Our existing building was built a long time ago when our classes were not as big and when we did not have as much equipment and so we are really looking forward to having new bigger rooms which are purpose built for our needs.
“There is a real air of excitement around the school, and we are very grateful that in this climate we are getting a fantastic looking building with specialist facilities which will enhance the opportunities for our students.”
The work is being carried out by Interserve Construction Ltd under the council’s YORbuild Framework agreement. Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, housing and the environment, said: “This is a major East Riding of Yorkshire Council investment in Driffield, securing first class provision for pupils and excellent high quality jobs for the future of the town as a whole. I cannot wait to see the new facility being used and enjoyed by all.”