New phase for Highbury School

Official opening of the extension at Highbury Special School, Rastrick.'From the left, Amy Shirlaw, seven, headteacher Pam Sellars, fundraiser Marion Fairburn and Charlie Roberts, seven.
Official opening of the extension at Highbury Special School, Rastrick.'From the left, Amy Shirlaw, seven, headteacher Pam Sellars, fundraiser Marion Fairburn and Charlie Roberts, seven.

A SCHOOL taking care of the needs of children with disabilities and special educational needs unveiled a new phase in its future development.

Highbury School, Rastrick, has added a new teaching block which will provide more space for classes and easier access to teaching resources.

Two new classrooms and a library centre have been created enabling the physio room to be used independently, as it had to be shared on occasions, and allowing all the classes to have their own room.

Headteacher Pam Sellars said she never imagined opening another extension during her time as head after opening the original one many years ago.

“It’s just amazing really and overwhelming,” she said. “The final results are great and it’s going to benefit the children so much.

“I can’t thank all the people enough who have been involved with the construction work.”

The project started in January and was funded by Calderdale Council.

Parents, governors, organisations who have helped the school with the extension and with their fund raising efforts were invited for a tour around the school and new build.

There are also plans for a new sensory garden to be created in the grounds.

Helping to cut the ribbon was Marion Fairburn, who along with her late husband Ernest, were heavily involved with fund raising for the school.

“It is marvellous that more children have been able to come here over the years and the alterations the school has made for this to happen,” she said. “It’s another move forward with the extension and shows why this school is so special as it always put the children first.

“They are never ignored and all of them are always heavily involved with anything the school do.

“It is such a great school and you are always welcome here. It is like a large family.”