Supporting a new sixth form for a Dunstable School

A special school in Dunstable is to get a new sixth form centre with the help of the Connolly Foundation, a local charity.

Weatherfield Academy is a special school for children aged 7 to 19 years, who find it difficult to learn in mainstream setting. The Academy offers a curriculum that is tailored to the needs of the pupils.

There are currently 135 pupils on roll at the Academy, which has an excellent learning environment, including a sensory garden and small holding, with some livestock.  The grounds and farm are almost entirely looked after by the pupils of the Academy.

Due to ever increasing numbers, however, space is at a premium, particularly for the growing sixth form.

With the help of the Connolly Foundation, a brand new sixth form centre is to be built.  Work begins this month, with completion expected to be in February 2019.

Headteacher, Joe Selmes said “We are indebted to The Connolly Foundation for their amazing support. This project can now become a reality and will allow our post 16 students to thrive and learn in a new state of the art classroom facility.  This project will benefit the most vulnerable young people in our community”.