September 27th, 2016

RNIB gets £400,000 for Coundon academy

Updated: 4:27 pm, May 07, 2015

A GRANT of £400,000 has been secured from the government to pay for improvements at the RNIB Three Spires Academy in Coundon.

The school for children aged three to 11 with moderate learning difficulties and additional needs will now begin what it described as extensive work on security, creating new car parking spaces, a new entrance and admin area.

Improvements will also be made to the roof, heating system, water system, changing and toileting areas, and flooring in the nursery class. It is all set to be completed later this year.

The former Three Spires Primary School became an academy under the sponsorship of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in September – a year after being placed into special measures by Ofsted.

Since then a rapid improvement plan has been in place with these works said to address the outstanding issues.

Andy Moran, executive head teacher at RNIB Specialist Learning Trust, said: “This additional funding is a real boost.

“It will enable us to build on the significant progress we’ve already made to improve the safety and educational experience of our pupils.”

The trust also runs the RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Ash Green which recently got its third outstanding Ofsted rating.

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