A Corby school is set to build a new sixth form to help cater for its growing number of students.

Red Kite Special Academy in Purbeck Drive has submitted blueprints to Corby Council to extend its building to create a single storey sixth form block with provision for three teaching spaces, a group room, a calm room and hygiene rooms.

The school, which opened in 2018, already has provision for children aged between reception and year 13 who have profound and multiple learning disabilities and other conditions in an environment that prioritises their needs.

The school has 63 pupils and it is hoped that the school will grow to cater for 110 children during the coming years and, in order to do so, it is proposed to build the new sixth form with specialist facilities.

A design and access statement to council planners written by designers The Darwin Group says: “The proposals were developed in collaboration with the school to ensure that the schools, and in turn the pupils, needs were met.

“The new building is based around the teaching spaces to accommodate the planned increase in pupil numbers, with a group room included to facilitate learning and meet Red Kite’s stated values.

“The design incorporates ancillary accommodation – above and beyond the typical designed in a small school building – to cater for the school’s specific requirements. This includes large hygiene suites, a calm room, and a wheelchair store.”

The building will be constructed using off-site modular techniques.

Source: The Northamptonshire Telegraph

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