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School for pupils with educational needs opens new sixth form
A new £500,000 sixth form centre has opened at The Oaks Secondary School in Spennymoor.
The 31 sixth formers at the school, which caters for youngsters with educational needs, began lessons in the new facility on Monday.
Facilities were previously accommodated within the main school building but conditions grew cramped.
The new centre houses four class rooms and an area dubbed 'the flat' which features an area where pupils can practise cooking.
Headteacher Andrea English said: “We’re very pleased with the sixth form building.
“It’s a very welcome and successful addition to the school. The staff and the children are very pleased and they are looking forward to using the sixth form.”
It was built in about 16-weeks and will cater for pupils aged between 16 and 19-years who attend the 246-pupil school.
Clive Hubery, chairman of the governors, said: “I think it’s an excellent building. The kids and the staff love it. It’s an excellent addition to the school’s facilities.”
Ofsted inspectors praised the school and rated it outstanding in 2010 and this year. Chris Wormald, the education department's permanent secretary, labelled it outstanding in a recent visit.
Sheila Palmerley, strategic manager for school places and admissions for the council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with this new facility.
“This sixth form will help to enhance the learning opportunities for the pupils. The county council was pleased to support this scheme.”
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