St Francis Special School was built in 1977 for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. However, the needs of pupils have become increasingly complex over the years. Classrooms need to be larger and additional , flexible teaching spaces are needed.
Among the improvements planned are:
• Four new larger size classrooms;
• Refurbishment of five existing classrooms to become specialist learning spaces;
• Refurbished staff room and toilet facilities;
• An extension to the central shared area to include a small library;
• A new hygiene room and toilet facilities in the building where those who are aged 16 years and over are taught.
Additionally, outdoor spaces at the school will be upgraded with improved play areas and accessibility, including a sheltered ramp.
Work is anticipated to start later this year, to be completed within approximately 12 months. During this time the school will continue to operate, with every effort made to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Arrangements will be put in place to ensure pupils, staff and all other school visitors are safe on site and can continue with their usual school day.