The 1.4 million extension project at Cromwell High school project along with the remodelling of Astley Sports College completes the £200 million Building Schools for the Future programme , which also included the construction of 10 new high schools.
Work at the school, which provides intensive support to 63 pupils with complex learning difficulties, was completed in July. It has provided modern, light flexible learning areas for two classes and a "state of the art" sensory room which includes a movement sensor system that allows the most disabled pupils to control a projected image and sound effects simply by moving on a water-bed. This encourages mobility by these profoundly disabled pupils. It has also enabled school to remodel space in the original building and enlarge some small classrooms so all the pupils have the excellent learning spaces that they need to meet their Severe Learning Difficulties and intense autism. The school also funded a new external play area.
Andrew Foord, Cromwell High School Headteacher, said: "Cromwell High School is very thankful to Tameside Council and the Local Education Partnership for this extension which has revolutionised the learning spaces available. Our pupils find it very difficult to learn so it is vital that we can match the learning environment to their needs and this work has allowed us to do this to the highest standards possible."
Councillor Gerald Cooney, Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Economic Growth, said: " I am delighted that the extension of Cromwell School has been completed and hope that the students and staff, enjoy learning and teaching in the new building.
The Building Schools for the Future programme, has enabled over 8,000 young people to benefit from new and remodelled high school places across Tameside in an unprecedented investment programme. I am proud that the Council has been able to deliver on its promises to give young people the best school facilities possible. "