David Cotton, chief executive officer for Diverse Academies Trust, added: “It’s been a privilege to be joined by students, colleagues and partners today. This development reflects a significant investment in our region to support the needs of many families who require access to highly specialist educational facilities for their children.
“The new academy building will fully cater for up to 138 pupils and, in addition to the high-quality teaching spaces, facilities will include a hydrotherapy pool, hall, multi-use games area and sensory gardens – with the potential for wider community use in the future.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Department for Education and Nottinghamshire County Council on this project, and also particularly our thanks to Leas Park Junior School and The Manor Academy, which is part of The Two Counties Trust, for their partnership working to help bring the new school building vision to life.”
Mandeep Sanghera, project director, summed up: “It was great to see the children on site today, excited with the ground breaking ceremony. When completed, this new facility will enhance their learning environment significantly, and this is what it’s all about.
“We have worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to expand special education pupil places within the local area. We look forward to seeing the new school building up and running in the spring of 2025.”