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Two Springwell Alternative Academies open in Lincolnshire

The new facilities, completed by G F Tomlinson, will provide places for 126 pupils with alternative needs

Posted by Julian Owen | June 12, 2019 | Facilities & buildings

Two alternative provision academies have opened in Lincolnshire. Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham and Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln will each provide 63 places for children and young people in the county, aged 4-16, who can no longer access mainstream education.  

The institutions opened to pupils on June 10, and have been delivered in partnership with Wellspring Academy Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, via the Department for Education’s Construction Framework.

Each academy will provide specialised teaching spaces, a special educational needs therapy room, sensory room, hygiene room, fitness suite, parents’ room, hall and multi-use games area.

Work on the buildings was completed by G F Tomlinson, whose framework manager, Ian Dalby, said: “The new academies are a wonderful addition to the region, providing a safe and secure environment to promote positive learning for local students requiring an alternative to mainstream education.”

Mark Wilson, CEO of Wellspring Academy Trust said: “We have been working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and the Department for Education over the past three years to substantially improve the offer to young people excluded from school and at risk of exclusion in Lincolnshire.

“The opening of these new schools marks a key milestone on this long journey," he continued. "The schools will provide a safe, caring and inspirational environment where our young people can be supported to reach their fullest potential.”

G F Tomlinson is also delivering a third academy with the trust. Springwell Alternative Academy Mablethorpe, a refurbishment of part of the former Monks Dyke Tennyson secondary school, is due to complete at the end of the month, with students set to start using the building on July 8.

Together, all three academies provide 189 places for alternative needs students across Lincolnshire.

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