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Schools boss hails 'fantastic facility'

Pupils at Lanchester School in Castle Bromwich kicked off the new term in a new £9 million building thanks to Solihull's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project

Pupils at Lanchester School in Castle Bromwich kicked off the new term in a new £9 million building thanks to Solihull's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

The Government programme which is run in conjunction with Solihull Council, means the campus has been completely re-built and now caters for up to 50 children aged between 11 and 16, who experience severe and complex emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

The new building also offers youngsters facilities for learning about vocations such as construction, horticulture, hair and beauty, business, enterprise and hospitality as well as the latest ICT technology from RM including interactive whiteboards, projectors and a plasma screen display.

The establishment's vision for the future is to be able to offer fixed-term places for schoolchildren at risk of social exclusion from their mainstream school in a bid to rein-tegrate them back in.

Councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council and cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: "This is a fantastic new building with excellent facilities. It will transform education for young people.

"All of the schools involved in our Buildings Schools for the Future project will work together to share their different facilities and specialisms to offer children a tailored package of education."

"Combined with state of the art IT, children will leave their new schools equipped with the skills they need to ensure a brighter future."

The school in Lanchester Way is one of six secondary schools in the north of the borough to undergo complete re-builds and is the third in Solihull to be finished after Forest Oak and Merstone schools, which were opened in June 2006 and now share a campus.

Archbishop Grimshaw and Park Hall School are next in the pipeline to undergo construction work this month as part of their re-builds with the final phases of work to Smith's Wood expected to be completed in Autumn 2009.

 

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