New Bridge ASD School, Oldham

CONTRACTORS CHOSEN FOR NEW SPECIAL SCHOOL

Oldham Council and sponsors New Bridge School are pleased to announce contractors Extraspace Solutions (UK) ltd to build the borough’s new £6.25m special school.

Extraspace will now begin work designing the new facility, with construction due to begin towards the end of 2014.  The new school will see 140-pupils from across the borough with Autistic Spectrum Disorder being taught in the state-of-the-art facilities.

Specialist design and resources will be used on the site to deliver the best possible level of education for four to 19-year-olds.

Included within the new school there will also be a sports hall that will be shared with the community outside of school hours.

Training shops will also be available to help students find employment once they have left school.

Expected to open in September 2015, this facility will add to Oldham’s three existing special schools.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding, said: “We are delighted work will soon be starting on the new special school.  This is the culmination of a lot of hard work that has gone on behind the scenes over many months.  We pride ourselves on having the right educational provisions - none more so than in our special schools.

“We have high hopes for every child, so making sure we provide the best educational environment where they can learn and thrive is essential.

“This new school is fantastic news for local parents and families and it will improve our local education offer.

“As a co-operative borough, we share the best skills and expertise around our schools, so they’re constantly improving.  This school will increase opportunities for children and young people from early years, into further and higher education and into employment.”

Graham Quinn, Principal of New Bridge School, said: “It is such an amazing time to be involved in leading schools.   We will develop the new provision, in partnership with other Oldham schools, to ensure outstanding outcomes for the children.”

“By bringing together key organisations, and through engagement with the Oldham Learning Co-operative Partnership, the new school will benefit from dynamic teams, innovative practice and pioneering methods.  

“We are excited by the prospect of delivering a state-of-the-art school that will complement and support the already outstanding provision for children and young people in Oldham.”

Phillip Hutton, Extraspace Regional Manager, said: “We are delighted to have come through this tender process with this project award.

“We have demonstrated our ability to reflect the client’s needs and aspirations in our design process whilst providing a facility that represents value for money and enables the project to proceed in line with available budgets.

“We look forward to working with Oldham Council, the Unity Partnership and New Bridge to deliver a high quality facility on time and within budget.”

Oldham Council recently set up the new Education and Skills Commission to help raise local standards and aspirations so that every child can achieve their full potential. It is chaired by former Education Secretary, Estelle Morris (now Baroness Morris of Yardley).