This article was shared from the Prosper Learning Trust website.
On the 19th December a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the new Harry Watts Academy site in Ramillies Road, Red House. The event marked the beginning of building work and was attended by various key stakeholders including members of Sunderland City Council and Kier.
Harry Watts Academy has been designed by the Council’s Capital Projects Team and is being built by construction firm Kier.
Phil McDowell, Operations Director for Kier Regional Building North East, said: “Breaking ground at the site of the new Harry Watts Academy is the first major milestone in the construction of this project.
“We are delighted to be working with Sunderland City Council to deliver this much needed specialist facility. Kier has a long held reputation within both the North East and the education sector and has been responsible for the delivery of over £5billion of education facilities in the last decade.”
Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for children, learning and skills, Councillor Louise Farthing, said: “Demand for school places for children with autism has been rising.
“These are children with complex, social, behavioural and emotional needs. As there is increasing demand for specialist school places, it is right and correct that they are met locally.
“As a council we are committed to providing the very best education and the very best facilities for all our children. The council has been working in partnership with its children’s company Together for Children (TfC) and has long-term plans to meet all needs.
“The Harry Watts Academy is part of this plan and the start of work on the building is most welcome.”