In 2020, Oaklands School Leaders, Governors and parents were extremely pleased that the City Council decided to invest in our school building. Plans were drawn up for a 4.7 million expansion project (see the press release below).
This has created additional capacity for places at our school, taking the number of pupils from 103 to 127 in September 2023.
The two storey expansion to the front of the school has created 8 classrooms, each with their own withdrawal room and easy access to changing facilities. Four of these classrooms replace old, temporary mobile buildings at the back of our site, that were no longer fit for purpose. We have been keen to ensure that autistic children in Leicester City have access to a school environment that suits their learning and sensory needs, to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to thrive at school and meet their full potential ready for becoming future adults in our local community.
The building works took place from Easter 2022 until September 2023. We worked with the Local Authority Buildings Team and with contractors to ensure that we could safely and effectively continue with our full curriculum in the main school building whilst building works took place at the front. We encouraged pupils, parents, staff and Governors to have a voice about the interiors and our new classroom names.
2023-2024: The next steps in this project are now to ensure that the areas where the old mobile buildings are taken away are redeveloped to provide new playground areas for our children, to get the most out of the school environment.
See the Press Release in the Leicester Mercury