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New Facilities Opened at SRPA

New facilities dedicated to specialist learning have been opened at SRPA by TV personality Radzi Chinyanganya.

The former Blue Peter presenter unveiled two new learning suites designed to help students.

The RP-Hub and Specialist Learning Centre have both been transformed in the past few months to better support students who need extra help educationally or with their mental health.

The school team working out of the RP-HUB have given professional counselling to hundreds of people from the school community in the last 12 months.

Staff have provided sessions dedicated to helping pupils deal with anxiety and panic attacks, depression, anger management, phobias, self harm, sleep problems and stress.

Meanwhile the Academy’s Specialised Learning Centre has been refurbished and redeveloped to provide five classrooms with nine staff. The school’s 33 autistic students are among those benefitting from the improved facilities..

Radzi, who has also co-presented ITV gameshow Cannonball, spent the day at SRPA meeting staff and pupils and opening the two new facilities.

“I was really impressed by the commitment and resources the school has committed to supporting students who need extra help,” he said.

“The two centres are excellent and offer fantastic facilities for young people whose challenges go beyond the academic and that is a really positive development to see.”

Headteacher Dale Hardy said the new centres were a validation of the school’s commitment to helping every child achieve their potential.

“As a school we have always been committed to helping our students prepare for a successful and happy life and not just in relation to academic studies.

“The mental health of our school community is vitally important to both the school and the student’s access and I am delighted we have been able to launch these two new great facilities.

“They will be crucial as the school continues to improve.”

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