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New Ash Green special school celebrates Milestone

PUBLISHED: 12:20 20 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:37 20 October 2010

Opening of Milestone school

Opening of Milestone school

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Children with special needs from across north Kent have access to state-of-the-art treatment and education following the multi-million pound refurbishment of a special school.

Milestone School in New Ash Green, which caters for children aged two to 19, has more than doubled in size through a £5.5million rebuild through the Kent County Council Special Schools Review, extending its capacity from just under 100 students to 250.

Headteachers from across the area attended an official opening on Tuesday celebrating not only the benefits provided to children enrolled at the school, but also the opening of facilities which will be available for those with special needs from Dartford, Swanley, Sevenoaks and Gravesham.

“This is a huge success for the young people in the community, and it is so good to see representatives from the local community and education community also here to celebrate,” said Kent County Council Cabinet minister for education Sarah Hohler.

Improvements include a hydrotherapy room, and smile centre, offering specialised training programmes for carers, a new secondary school building, refurbished old building, added specialised rooms such as art rooms with adjustable tables for wheelchair users, and science labs.

Headteacher Margaret Fisher was delighted at the progress at the school which caters for those with profound severe and complex needs.

“When we moved here from Dartford more than 10 years ago we were really too small. This work gives our children the best quality facilities throughout their time here,” she said.

Work improving the school is not complete though.

Janet Abbott, the school’s business manager explained they are hoping to raise £100,000 for outdoor equipment.

Plans include an adventure trail for the older pupils, a quiet area for outside learning and a primary level play area.

“We are hoping to complete that within the next couple of years,” she said.

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