EXCITED youngsters enjoyed a first glimpse of what soon will become Saddleworth’s newest school.
And pupils and staff from Bright Futures – an educational establishment for children with autism – liked what they saw.
To cap a memorable few days a Christmas fair and open day at Bright Futures’ current base in Greenacres raised £305.
An additional £250 was added towards a £50,000 funding target courtesy of a donation from Holy Trinity School, Dobcross.
The new premises are on Friezland Lane, Greenfield, and are expected to open in February.
However, the Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS) is still raising money to complete the interior kitting out of the school.
So far, £9,000 has been raised to fund touchscreen televisions to give the pupils a more interactive learning experience.
Another £17,000 has been raised to fund the cost of a state-of-the-art sensory room: a place where pupils can go when they feel overwhelmed and need some time out.
Bright Futures School, founded in 2010 by Zoe Thompson and her late husband Dixon Milburn, is an independent school dedicated to helping children with autism aged five to 16.
The school began with one pupil – Zoe and Dixon’s eldest son Philip – but by November 2018 had grown to 12 pupils and 15 staff.
In April 2018, the school was informed its rented premises in Grasscroft were to be sold so they would have to move, and eventually re-located to Greenacres.
Eventually, Daniel Scott, operations director at Robert Scott, learned of Bright Fupre’ predicament and visited Zoe and the team to offer to fund the building of a new school at Friezland Lane.