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Combe Pafford School

Combe Pafford Combe Pafford is a school with pupils aged 8 – 19 who have moderate learning difficulties, physical difficulties and ASC or complex needs.

The school recently completed building projects which the Local Authority has contributed £100k of Basic Need Funding towards.

The new building projects include two classrooms in the newly built cafe, The Yellow Frog. The cafe is a training kitchen and is also open to the public. It has an animal care room which can be observed from the cafe. Some of the funding went towards improvements in the Sixth Form Centre. The rest is intended to be used towards the cost of replacing a large temporary building which is part of a recent CIF bid.

Headteacher Mike Lock said:

"We have tried to use the funding creatively to get as much value from it as we can. It has helped to create more classrooms and I hope to use the last part of it in an equally successful way.

We have been very fortunate that over a number of years, through various funding opportunities, we have been able to design and create some excellent facilities. We now have training space, including: a motor vehicle centre; a training kitchen; an animal care centre; a construction hall and a hair salon; together with a purpose built sixth form centre.

We offer courses to pupils from other secondary schools and in one year have had up to 180 pupils attend. This has allowed us to employ mechanics, builders, hairdressers and other professionals to teach our students. This has had an impact on our KS3, 4 and 5 curriculum, with learning about the world of work central to everything we do with our students. This has dramatically increased the aspirations of our pupils who are really focussed on gaining employment when they leave us. We are now seeing students leaving the sixth form and gaining real jobs and apprenticeships.

The impact of the project has been beyond measure."