A Nottinghamshire special school will be having an official reopening this week following a £2.2m extension and refurbishment.
Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman Councillor Mrs Sue Saddington will conduct the official reopening at Ash Lea School, in Owthorpe Road, Cotgrave, on Friday afternoon at 1pm. Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Councillor Kay Cutts MBE will also be in attendance.
The school has introduced an extension to the main building which includes new classrooms, a health suite and a common room. As well as funding from the county council, the school and local community have fundraised around £180,000 to help towards the improvements in the school. Among the new facilities include a state-of-the-art sensory room, new lighting and a multi-media system.
The project was designed and delivered by Arc Partnership, which is a joint venture between Nottinghamshire County Council and Scape Group.
Head teacher Dawn Wigley said: “We are looking forward to the official re-opening of the school. It has been a long journey to reach this point which involved us having to relocate to West Bridgford for 18 months while the development work was taking place here.
“As well as the official opening, our school will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday during the day as a thank you to the local community who have helped us to fundraise.”
The school open weekend links into a weekend of celebration for Cotgrave with many residents’ gardens also open to the public.
Ash Lea School has 78 children on its roll, aged from 3 to 19, and the children have a range of severe and complex needs such as learning and physical disabilities and autism.
Elsewhere, there are a range of different engagements that the Chairman will be taking part in this week.
On Sunday, the Chairman attends a Bishop’s Civic Luncheon at Bishop’s Manor in Southwell, and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Civic Service takes place at Southwell Minster that afternoon at 3pm with everyone welcome to attend.
The Chairman has promised it will be a ‘toe tapping service’ which everyone will enjoy and remember long after they leave the Minster.
The Chairman will be attending an annual Further Education Awards Ceremony at Southwell Minster, on Tuesday at 11am.
There is a Citizenship Ceremony at Bridgford Hall on Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning at 10.15am, the Chairman attends The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre Handover to the Nation at The Stanford Hall Estate. On Thursday evening at 6.30pm, there is an Inspire Awards Ceremony at Beeston Library.