The first phase of the £4.4million expansion of Addington School has been completed with two new multi-use games areas (MUGAs), a new sensory path and an expanded car park now in use.
The work was carried out during the school summer holidays and means students will have use of all the facilities they are used to while a new block is built where the facilities used to be sited.
Fifty more children with special educational needs will be able to attend the Ofsted outstanding rated school, in Woodley, from next September following completion of the project.
The first phase of the work are part of the preparations to increase its capacity from the start of the next school year.
The next phase of the project at the school, in Woodlands Avenue, will see work on the new single-storey block begin. It will include four classrooms, a café and social/breakout areas.
Modular construction specialists Reds10 will complete the project, with 60 to 70 per cent of the work being completed offsite to reduce disruption to the school and its students.
As part of the project the boundary of the car park, which now has 30 more spaces to accommodate additional staff, will see additional planting around its border, including evergreen plants to provide screening all-year round.
The expansion, which all takes place within the school’s boundary, will allow more local children with special educational needs and disabilities to be educated closer to home and boost the school’s capacity to more than 250 students due to the extra space.
“It’s fantastic to see the first stage of this work completed and to know that students at Addington School will have all the facilities they are used to for the new term ,” said Cllr UllaKarin Clark, executive member for children’s services.
“The project will mean we can increase the number of young people who will be able to access the outstanding education for SEND children on offer at Addington.
"The expansion will help to make children and their families’ lives easier as they will be able to go to school closer to home, meaning shorter journeys and reduced travel costs for Wokingham Borough Council.”
“It’s absolutely crucial Addington’s students have access to the facilities they are used to while we work to expand the school,” said Sara Attra, headteacher at Addington School.
“Completion of this first stage of the work marks a successful start as we look to grow our outstanding school, and work to be able to support even more young people with the type of education they need.
"The students were extremely excited to see the new state of the art Multi Use Games Areas on their return to school and couldn’t wait to test out the new surfaces!”
The facilities will be officially opened by Borough Mayor Cllr Bill Soane and Cllr Clark later this autumn.