Building work has started on refurbishing the former Vanguard Centre in Sundridge Close, Cosham to invest £3.27 million in creating a school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Pupils at The Harbour School in Fratton are expected to move to their much needed new building in Autumn this year.
The Harbour School educates children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Refurbishment of the former Vanguard Centre, which begins on 19 February, will provide appropriate, specialist accommodation for a wide range of vocational subjects and will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of these pupils. This can have a positive effect in preparing the pupils for further education and employment.
The scheme will provide vocational teaching spaces for the following subjects:
- Hair & Beauty
- Animal Care
- General teaching spaces for English, maths, art etc.
Councillor Hannah Hockaday, cabinet member for education at Portsmouth City Council, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to have a specialist vocational educational provision in the city and will greatly benefit pupils aged 14-16 who attend The Harbour School. We look forward to the work being completed and the new building opening later this year."
The new building will cater for up to 110 pupils. There are three other Harbour School sites at Cosham, Tipner and Stamshaw which will remain open.