A SPECIAL educational school in Woodley is on track for the next phase of its expansion.

The Addington School, on Woodlands Avenue in Woodley, Reading, is moving on to its second phase of construction as £4.4 million has been spent on developing a brand new single-storey school block.

The new block will include four new classrooms, a cafe and social break-rooms.

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Expanding the school will mean the cohort can expand to 250 students, an extra 50 more students than currently at the SEND school.

Groundwork for the new building is already underway, however up to 70 per cent of the build will take place off-site to help with Wokingham borough Council's efforts to cause minimal disruption to nearby residents, and cur carbon emissions.

The building will be constructed indoors, built in sections, and then transported to the site when needed.

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Sal Thirlway, assistant director for children's services, said: “I’m delighted to see the next phase of this exciting expansion project begin.

"The construction method we have chosen means there will be minimal disruption for the school and its students while still providing a fantastic, modern facility fitting the need of Addington School’s young people.

"It also showcases a type of construction method which will help the council in its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

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"Being able to increase the number of places we are able to offer SEND children in Wokingham borough by building this new block, will help to improve the lives of our young people as well as their families by reducing travel times.

"Addington is rightly an Ofsted-rated outstanding school, which produces brilliant outcomes for young people. We are delighted we are going to be able to offer the chance to be educated there to even more children in our Borough from next year.”

The SEND school is expected to officially open by September 2020, and construction to end by the spring.