A newly-refurbished £3.2m vocational centre opens in Cosham
A newly-refurbished £3.2m vocational centre has officially opened in Cosham which will make a huge difference to the lives of special educational needs pupils.
The brand-new Harbour Vocational Centre is a specially-modified building that
allows pupils from The Harbour School’s former Fratton site to study vocational subjects like mechanics, catering, construction, animal care and hair and beauty to a high standard.
The refurbishment, which began in February, is thanks to an investment from Portsmouth City Council.
Kim Budd, assistant headteacher at the Harbour Vocational Centre, said: “We did the best we could at the old site but the new facilities mean we can deliver courses to a much higher level. We were trying to deliver mechanics in a classroom with a lawnmower in Fratton because you can’t fit a car into the classroom. ‘We’ve now got a beautiful, new mechanics space”.
The Harbour Schools, which also has sites in Tipner and Stamshaw, are for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs, and some young people with medical needs, who struggle to cope in mainstream schools. The new vocational centre is for 15-16-year-olds.
Ian Hunkin, headteacher of all Harbour Schools, added: ‘Here, it’s about helping young people re-engage in education, build trust again in education and adults and go on to get some vocational qualifications alongside their English, maths and emotional literacy.
Pupil Brandon Clarke, 15, said “It’s made a massive impact to me personally and I know other students are now attending so much more. The new building is fantastic”.