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Jane Asher opens £1.7m school building in Stockton, 2010

Evening Gazette
June 11th, 2010

Jane Asher opens £1.7m school building in Stockton

POPULAR actress and well-known cake maker Jane Asher was on Teesside yesterday to officially open a new £1.7m special school facility.


POPULAR actress and well-known cake maker Jane Asher was on Teesside yesterday to officially open a new £1.7m special school facility.

The Walker Building, a new purpose-built building at Stockton’s Abbey Hill School and Technology College campus, was opened by Jane in her role as president of the National Autistic Society.


Abbey Hill is part of Stockton Borough First Federation which also includes Westlands School in Thornaby.

The building is a welcome addition to the school’s provision for young people on the autistic spectrum.

Work finished last summer and since then students have been making the most of the school’s latest addition which boasts five spacious classrooms a multi-use hall, a kitchen and social areas.

The work was funded through capital funding from Stockton Council, central government and the school’s own funds.

The building is on the former site of the Hardwick Youth Club and is used by youth groups and the community on a night.

Stockton mayor Councillor Colin Leckonby was also present for the opening.

Elizabeth Horne, executive headteacher of the federation, said: “Since 2005 this school has been annually recognised by the National Autistic Society as a centre of excellence in the education of young people with autism so it is fitting that Jane Asher, will officially open the Walker Building.

“Not only is it a fantastic addition to the federation’s educational provision, it also benefits the wider community.”

Jane said: “One of the most satisfying aspects of my work as president of the NAS is seeing children with autism given the education and support they need, and Abbey Hill School has always been a prime example of getting it right.

“I’m very honoured to have been asked to open the new Walker Building – I know the pupils there will have the best possible start in achieving their full potential and going on to live fulfilled and happy lives.”

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “ The purpose-built building will offer pupils the perfect environment to learn and enjoy their time at school.”

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