A NORTH-WEST specialist school has expanded to meet the demand for places and to widen its offering for children and young people.
Acorns School, part of Keys Group, currently supports 30 students with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. It is based in Marple, Cheshire, and in recent years has seen demand for places increase.
To allow the school to offer more places, it has recently opened a second site in nearby Ashley, which is also in Cheshire. The secondary site provides a specialist environment for young people aged 11-14 and who are in Key Stages 3 and 4. The opening of the new site allows Acorn to offer up to 20 more places.
Executive Head Teacher Chris Hampton said: “This is a very exciting time for Acorns and we’re thrilled that through opening our second site in Ashley, and all that environment brings, we will be able to further tailor what we offer for children and young people.
“The vision for Ashley is that it will become our science and environment hub, with its facilities and expertise available for children and young people from both sites. There will be a focus on animals and nature including chickens, goats, and bees as well as a science laboratory.
“As well as our fantastic indoor learning spaces, which have been created to help meet the sensory needs of our pupils, the outdoor space is ideal. It is calm and peaceful and there is space for our new multi-purpose games area.
“Over time, the Marple site we hope will become our media hub where students from both sites can benefit from the digital learning expertise and facilities there
“As well as state-of-the-art facilities, the school will offer bespoke curriculums which meet the individual needs of students. Acorns School has a long history of successfully supporting young people to achieve their potential and move on to positive destinations and we’re delighted that, through the Ashley site, we will be able to support more children to do the same,”