James Brokenshire visited the construction of Cleeve Meadow School, a new school within the grounds of Cleeve Park School for children with special educational needs which is set to open later this year.
Cleeve Meadow School will provide highly specialised education for 120 pupils aged 11 and 19 years. The first pupils will be welcomed from September 2019 with the building work scheduled to be complete by Spring 2020. Pupils with moderate learning difficulties, which could include speech, language and communication difficulties, behavioural difficulties, physical disabilities and sensory impairments will benefit from bespoke learning packages, specialised teaching and state-of-the-art facilities.
The new free school will have 12 teaching rooms, a therapeutic hub, large open plan library and IT space. Facilities will also include a specialist music department, performing arts centre and a full-sized artificial football pitch that will also be available for Cleeve Park School pupils to use. Outside of school hours, the facilities will be available for community use.
The school has been made possible by Central Government funding, along with a £2million contribution from the London Borough of Bexley who are also leading the project on behalf of the Department for Education. The Kemnal Academies Trust will manage the school as part of its family of 44 Academies across London and the South of England.
Commenting on the visit, James said:
“I am pleased to see the construction of the new Cleeve Meadow School which will make a huge difference and bring new opportunities for children in Bexley. I look forward to seeing its opening in September and wish the pupils, teachers and staff every success.”