New building gives more opportunity to young people
Cllr Maureen Cummings alongside staff, students, Will Carpenter and Chief Superintendent Paul Hepworth
Young people within the Key Stage 4 Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) system will now have improved access to academic, personal and vocational qualifications thanks to the completion of building works at one of Wakefield's Pupil Referral Units.
The Springfield Centre in Crofton, which supports and educates young people permanently excluded from school, has increased its capacity to 60 students and now boasts four new classrooms, a new dining and social area, a fully-fitted hair and beauty salon and a bespoke vocational facility which will house motor vehicle and construction courses.
The site will open to pupils in Years 10 and 11 in September and will develop more pathways for young people into post-16 education, employment or training.
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "It is so important that all young people in our district have the best chance of a positive future and while this building work will help the unit to improve the offering of academic qualifications, it will also now offer permanently excluded pupils a range of vocational opportunities and the chance to gain practical skills."
Executive head teacher, Will Carpenter, said: "I am absolutely delighted that a project several years in the planning and developing has come to fruition. The collaborative approach to the scheme has resulted in two wonderful new buildings. Partnership work going forward with a Civil Engineering Contractors Association consortium, the Princes Trust and Wakefield College will enhance the life chances and opportunities for our young people moving into post-16 education, employment, training and adulthood."
The Council has worked in partnership with Schools Organisation, Engie and ESH Group to complete this development.
Will Carpenter shows Cllr Maureen Cummings around the new facility