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Runcorn's new Sandymoor School to share facilities with the community
ENTERPRISING pupils at Halton’s first freeschool could run their own coffee bar and fresh market garden business when their £10 million building opens next September.
Sandymoor School now has more than 100 pupils, in years seven to nine, just one year after it opened.
Construction is about to start on a three-storey secondary school in Wharford Lane, Runcorn, creating 450 jobs. It will employ 85 people, with space for 900 pupils.
Head teacher Andy Green Howard, aged 44, said: “I am the luckiest person alive, paid to do something I am passionate about and love doing.
“What we have achieved here is absolutely true to the vision of the founders. It is a fresh approach to education with a very flexible curriculum to respond to each child’s needs.”
He said the school will share its sports facilities, dance studio, music recording studio, and IT equipment with the local community.
He said:”The school should belong to the whole community. We will help people who are unemployed to find jobs by improving their skills. We are keen to start classes in adult literacy.
“There is huge scope for badminton clubs, indoor football, basketball and various other sports.”
He has teamed up with Runcorn engineering firm Husco to run practical workshops for students and will encourage pupils to develop their own ‘Dragon’s Den’ business ideas.
He said:”We have funding for a market garden and already have an allotment. Pupils can form their own little business to sell vegetables to the local community.
“Students can also run their own cafe. I said I would buy them a top of the range equipment if they put together a business plan.
“We provide them with opportunties to be the best they can.”
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