Construction has begun on a new school to replace the award winning REACH pupil referral unit which is currently based in Bucknall, Staffordshire. The school is designed to house up to 80 pupils which have behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.
The construction is part of the Building Schools for the future (BSF) programme which as part of the scheme includes the refurbish or rebuild of every secondary and special needs school in the Stoke on Trent area. It is believed the new project will create new jobs for local construction firms until February 2012 – when the school is scheduled to open.
The land is currently green wasteland, and some local residents are voicing their concerns over the projected plans. They are worried that the building of the school is being carries out so close to their homes and that the nature of the prospective pupils may bring trouble to the area. Some wish for the land to remain as it is.