Students and staff celebrated William Morris Sixth Form’s new block for young people with special educational needs this week. The development was made possible by a £2 million investment by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
The new SEN (special educational needs) centre was created by renovating an empty building in the school grounds after the NHS clinics which used it moved on. It was transformed in time for the start of the school year last September.
It has enabled the school for 16 to 19-year-olds, in Hammersmith, to double its capacity for SEN students from 30 to more than 60 students, giving support to those most in need of it to achieve better educational outcomes.
“I’m delighted to see how much of a difference the new block is making to young people’s lives, said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
“I’m always impressed by what staff and students achieve at William Morris and I’m really glad we could fund this development to help them achieve even more.”
The official opening was held on Monday 26 June and included an exhibition of students’ work.
The new block provides a large kitchen for students to learn how to cook safely, a new medical room to help students who often have complex health needs, an examination room allowing pupils to take their tests closer to the support they need, a better open-plan space to teach life skills, and an exhibition space.
William Morris Sixth Form was opened in 1994 by H&F Council as the country’s first school solely for 16 to 19-year-olds. You can find out more at the school’s website.
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