Work Starts on £3.5 Million Redevelopment of Penrose School

Plans for new PenroseWork has officially started on a £3.5 million re-development of Penrose School in Bridgwater after the first turf was cut at a ceremony on 12 November. Teachers and pupils from the school were present along with representatives from Somerset County Council, Futures for Somerset and contractor BAM Construction to officially start the major re-development project that is due to finish in September 2014.

Penrose School caters for children of all ages with profound and multiple learning difficulties. New facilities will consist of fully accessible classrooms, a new school hall, soft play room, sensory room, learning resource centre, group rooms, and hygiene and therapy rooms.Students from the school have been temporarily placed at other schools in Bridgwater while the re-development work is carried out.

Cllr Leigh Redman
Cllr Leigh Redman

Bridgwater South County Councillor Leigh Redman, whose area includes Westover and Hamp, said, “I was lucky enough to be invited to the turf cutting yesterday and was excited by the plans for the new building, the new school will be a fantastic resource for the students and whole community.I was impressed to see the drive and commitment of both teachers and assistants, the parent mentors were inspiring. The head teacher and her assistant have been integral in developing the proposals.I am looking forward to seeing the building grow and cant wait to see the finished school and pupils fill the spaces.”

Head Teacher of Penrose School, Liz Hayward, said: “I am delighted and extremely proud that this new Primary School for students who have additional needs is being built in Albert Street in Bridgwater. The students and families of Penrose School will be able to learn, thrive and ultimately belong within the wider community. It is another important milestone for Bridgwater and the development will further support the excellent work of our staff, and families in ensuring our students become active and contributing citizens in this town.”