Council leader unveils extension to Phoenix School

The leader of Peterborough City Council and the Mayor of Peterborough visited the Phoenix School to celebrate the opening of its new £5 million extension.

Phoenix School, in Clayton, Orton Goldhay, has been expanded over two sites to create an additional 54 places for children with severe learning disabilities.

The work has created a new block to house the school’s sixth form, creating more space within the original building for new pupils.

Council Leader John Holdich opening the new extension at The Phoenix School

Council Leader John Holdich opening the new extension at The Phoenix School

Councillor John Holdich, Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University, said: "It was a real honour to officially open the new building, which looks excellent.

"The extension is an important move for the city. We are absolutely committed to making sure there are enough school places for every child. In this financial year alone we are spending £26 million to create more than 1,800 places. We want to ensure we provide city children the best chance in life to succeed.

"The Phoenix School provides exceptional teaching and support for its students. This new building will mean that the school can reach out to more young people with disabilities in the years to come."

Councillor Holdich was also joined at the opening by The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach.

In recent years, the city council has created more than 180 additional special school places at the City of Peterborough Academy Special School, Phoenix School, Heltwate School, Marshfields School and NeneGate School.

100 per cent of special schools in Peterborough are rated good or better by Ofsted.

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