Willow Dene School Annex

Neilcott are currently giving a new lease of life to a former secondary school building to provide an annexe for Willow Dene School.  Willow Dene currently teachings 188 primary school age children with a variety of special educational needs at its new building in Swingate Lane.  Due to its success it is now expanding to cater for secondary age children.  Neilcott are currently refurbishing the former home of St. Paul’s Academy in Oakmere Road off Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood.  to accommodate up to 40 students with special needs.  The school has already begun to admit Year 7 pupils at its main site and they will move into the newly refurbished building once works is complete.  Further pupils will then join on a phased basis, from September 2016.  The top floor of the building will house offices and training rooms for use by the Royal Borough’s professional development centre for teachers.  Rachel Harrison and Carolyn Vagg co-headteachers of Willow Dene School said “The new school will ensure that we can deliver high quality education for our children as they get older, continue to work in partnership with our parents and realise the aspirations that we have for our children as they grow into young adults”.  Councillor John Fahy, deputy leader of the council, and who is responsible for children’s services said: “The council is fully committed to widening the opportunities available to children with special needs and the development of Willow Dene’s new site is a very exciting development”.  “It’s great that we can do this by building on the achievements of a school with a track record of success, and which is respected and trusted by parents”.Wickham-Lane