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Children get first peek of new school

Pupils have had a first glimpse of their brand new £10 million school

Birkett House pupils have visited the building site of their new £10 million state-of-the-art special school in Wigston for the very first time.

Children and teachers were invited to grab their hard hats and hi-vis to join building developers, Willmott Dixon, on site for an exclusive tour of the brand new school at the end of October.

The group of 13 went on a tour of the work in progress, including the sites for the hydrotherapy pool and sensory interactive rooms, which left the students feeling uplifted and enthusiastic about their new surroundings.

Leicestershire County Council is creating the brand-new building at the Wigston Academy Station Road campus. It will provide places for up to 125 children and young people aged four and 19.


It is important that the pupils of the school are able to see how their new environment is coming together and have the opportunity to contribute towards its development.

The tour has given the students a real boost and they are  excited about moving into their new school next summer.


Sue Horn, Headteacher of Birkett House School, said: “Jenii’s class have been to visit the new Wigston site, and the students and staff are very impressed with what they saw. Thanks to Willmott Dixon for providing personalised hi-vis and safety gear and for making this first of many visits possible.”

These new buildings will increase the places available at the main site from 91 to 125, extending the number of pupils who can benefit from this school which is rated by OFSTED as outstanding.

The project is on schedule and the school is due to open its doors in September 2017.

The new school is being built on land off Station Road, Wigston alongside the Wigston Academy (formerly Abington and Bushloe High Schools) and Wigston College (formerly Guthlaxton College). 

The scheme is part of a larger masterplan for the campus which is undergoing significant transformation as part of a £4 million redevelopment.

The facilities at the new Birkett House School will be available for students at the Wigston Academy and the wider Wigston community out of school hours. 

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