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£3.6million project to create space for 100 pupils with special educational needs begins

PUBLISHED: 13:40 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:40 30 November 2015

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The aditional places will be created at Glebe School in West Wickham by September 2016

Work has started on a £3.6million project to create space at a West Wickham school for more than 100 pupils with special education needs.

The scheme sees the London Borough of Bromley tackling the issue of a shortage of places in the borough for secondary aged pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A total of 104 additional places will be created at the extended Glebe School in Hawes Lane, consisting of 80 additional places for 11-16 year-olds and 24 for post-16 age students.

The services carried out by independent management, design and construction consultancy Pick Everard include design, civil engineering, project management, structural and M&E engineering.

Partner David Nisbet said: “It is vital for a project such as this that we understand the specific needs of our client so the scheme can be tailored to meet their objectives.

“Recognising the precise learning requirements of students and listening to our client contacts is key.

“This is so we get the brief right and we can ensure the project is completed in the most cost-effective and efficient manner to a very high standard.”

The work will improve the facilities at the school including creating further classrooms and more breakout spaces.

Delivery of the project will boost Glebe School’s ability to provide a full range of subjects across the national curriculum, including specialist subjects such as food technology and IT.

Gill Thompson at the London Borough of Bromley said: “We’re thrilled to see work starting on this project which will ensure we have a better provision to meet the needs of pupils in our borough with special educational needs.

“Ensuring pupil places are provided by the local authority is more cost-effective as it means the need for any pupils to travel outside of the borough for their educational requirements is reduced.

“Extending the school also means places do not need to be provided by the independent sector at a higher cost.”

Work on the project is due to be completed in September 2016.

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