Builders break ground on the new school site!

Contractors from Medlock Construction have officially broken ground to begin works on our new school for children with autism in Greenfield.

The team are now on site at Friezland Lane, Greenfield, to prepare the space for demolition of the old farm building where the new Bright Futures School will be built.

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The new school building will have a total of 15 small classrooms, a room that doubles up as a sensory and immersive education space, workshop, two small dining rooms, office, reception space and staff room, as well as toilets and a shower facility. There will also be an enclosed playground space and a landscaped garden area at the side of the school.

Bright Futures School was founded by Zoe Thompson in 2010 with her late husband Dixon Milburn when the local authority was unable to find a school placement to meet their son Philip’s needs. The school has gone from strength-to-strength, but in 2018 Zoe and her team were informed the property they were renting was to be sold.

Zoe explains: ‘When Daniel Scott from Robert Scott first came to visit us last year, he was looking to help us find a new property to rent. We never could have envisaged that his company Robert Scott would end up building us a new school. We feel so incredibly lucky.

Together, we’ve been able to design the space to accommodate our need for a high level of intensive one-to-one work with our pupils and so we have a large number of small rooms, as well as a sensory/immersive education space and a workshop. Alison, our Head of Learning, and I will also finally have a proper office to work from rather than the cupboard under the stairs that we occupied in our previous premises!

We’re also very much looking forward to finally having an outdoor play and woodland space for the pupils so that they can take movement breaks from lessons when needed, as well as burn off some energy at break times.’

To help equip the school with the facilities it needs, Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS) – the charitable PTA of the school – has set itself a target of £50,000 to fund outdoor gym equipment, interactive touchscreen TVs, door entry and visitor registration systems as well as an immersive education and sensory space. So far, the PTA has raised £17,000 through grants and donations, including a sponsored bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool undertaken by Helen Baker, an employee at Robert Scott.

In September, pupils and staff from the school will be doing sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake. FBFS is also hosting an Elvis tribute night at the Boarshurst Band Club featuring Kirk Kreole on Friday 15th November 2019. Tickets are priced £10. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rr6jzt

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