Celebrations at Kings Mill School

Staff and students at Kings Mill School at Driffield are excitedly preparing to move into their brand new building next week (March 23 and 24).

The building is the first phase of the £6.4million scheme to re-build the special school. The work has been carried out in two phases to enable it to remain open throughout.

Phase 1 has included the creation on an adjacent former factory site of a two-storey building which comprises new school main reception, administration and staff facilities, classrooms, dining facilities, hall and hydrotherapy pool, together with other ancillary spaces.

The work has also involved the alteration and extension of the former infants’ building to form a  link to the residential block and the phase 2 extension.

The second phase will see the demolition of the existing classroom building and its replacement with a new single-storey classroom block.

Pupils at Kings Mill have severe or profound learning disabilities, and when building work is fully complete the school will have a capacity of 120 pupil places. The project will provide the full range of facilities that a special school needs for pupils up to 19 years of age.

The buildings are designed to include energy efficient floors, walls and roofs, along with energy efficient electrical and mechanical installations.

The work has been carried out by Interserve Construction Ltd under East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s YORbuild Framework agreement.  The new buildings and alterations works have been designed by the council’s infrastructure and facilities department, working closely with the school and other council departments.

Headteacher Gail Lawton said pupils and staff are delighted to be moving into the new purpose-built facilities.

Mrs Lawton added: “As we have watched the building go up we have all become increasingly excited. The pupils are looking forward to moving in and taking advantage of the fantastic facilities. The staff have been on several visits to see the building at various stages of completion and everyone is eager to move across.

“Everything is bigger and better, from office space to classrooms, plus we also have the lovely new swimming pool and rebound therapy room.  We now just want to move in and begin to use it all!”


Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said:  “I am so pleased that the council has been able to deliver this fantastic facility for the children and young people at Kings Mill School. Our schools for children with learning disabilities do a great job and it is only right that they have a bright, airy and spacious environment in which to enable each child to fulfil their potential.”

Dr Jackie Lown, the council’s head of children and young people, specialist services, said:  “This is an exciting new era for Kings Mill School. It is a school which has embraced the opportunities afforded by the recent national changes in special educational needs and disability, and continues to be a popular choice for families of children who have very specific educational needs.

“This new building will further strengthen the educational opportunities available to all the students at this highly regarded school.”

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities, said:  “The completion of Phase 1 of this project, which has been designed by the council’s in-house building design team within infrastructure and facilities, is a major part of a development which will secure first class facilities for children and young people who are profoundly disabled.”

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