Countdown on as schools prepare to move in together

Pupils at two North Derbyshire schools are getting to know each other as they begin the countdown to the day they move into the same building.

In 12 months, Shirebrook Academy and Stubbin Wood Special School will operate side by side under the same roof when they move into a brand new £27 million building at the academy’s site in Common Lane.

The academy’s 700 pupils will be able to make use of a host of facilities, including specialist technology areas, science labs, IT, drama and music rooms.

There will be a cinema, a sports hall and an external all-weather pitch.

All the facilities will also be open to Stubbin Wood’s 133 pupils, who will also be able to benefit from a hydrotherapy pool, a therapy suite and two sensory rooms.

Many of the facilities have been adapted for students with disabilities, including the food technology room which has cookers which rise and fall so they can be used by people in wheelchairs.

Both schools will remain separate organisations, with different headteachers, governors and staff.