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New £7.5million learning centre to be built in, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield
A new £7.5million school for pupils excluded from mainstream education will be built in Enfield.
The purpose-built learning centre, in Bullsmoor Lane, will be on the site of a horticultural nursery and it will share some resources with neighbouring Capel Manor Primary School.
The new centre is for 100 pupils aged from 11 to 16 to use the building at any one time, although it will cater for 150 pupils.
However some pupils will attend college or other provision in the borough on some days.
Enfield Borough Council’s cabinet members approved proposals for the new learning at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, October 16.
Cllr Ayfer Orhan, the cabinet member for children and young people, said she was proud of the plans to support students who need a little extra help.
She said: We must never write off our children – they can all learn and all have something to offer.
“The quality of the building and the resources that it will offer will improve learning and help these pupils to move back into mainstream schools.
“It will show them that they are valued, and a new modern building will create a strong learning environment.”
The school’s headteacher, Gary Lefley, said: “Pupils who have been excluded from school will be able to prepare for a successful return to mainstream education wherever possible.
“For those whose needs are best met in a smaller, more contained environment, this centre will offer an environment where they can achieve eight or more GCSEs, or their equivalent, or continue in education, training or employment.
“Catering for the most challenging and complex behaviour needs it will be a top quality alternative education with a proven track record.”
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