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The project has been funded by Gloucestershire County Council to improve existing areas and increase capacity for the envisaged future growth of special needs pupils in the local area and further afield.

Improvements to the school include a mix of new buildings and remodelled spaces, with many of the planned works already complete under Phase 2 of the project including a new secure school entrance, administrative area, hall, kitchen and dining facilities, ICT suite and classrooms.

Clare Steel, Headteacher at Alderman Knight School said: “Ever since the building works began we have been desperate to get into and start to use our new classrooms and offices.

“Not only are the pupils and staff enjoying being in a new facility, it is has made a big difference to our school environment. We now cannot wait for our primary students to get into their new space so that the whole school will be benefitting. The school still has its lovely feel with features like the large windows giving us plenty of natural daylight. Speller Metcalfe has made such a difference to the School already and we can’t wait to see what comes next.” 

The next phase of the project will be the development of the new life skills apartment to promote learning for older pupils.

Local building contractor Speller Metcalfe has been working in phases to ensure minimal disruption to the school, and as such have been able to handover completed classrooms and facilities as the building works develop.

“Our aim is to create a healthy, inspiring and safe learning environment that will allow pupils to grow and develop to their full potential,” said Andy Metcalfe, Joint MD for Speller Metcalfe.

“We have worked hard to not only complete each phase on time, but have also put on site visits and assemblies for the pupils and workshops with Gloucester College students to encourage learning and practical industry experience.”

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