£2.4m investment for Isle of Wight College

By a County Press reporter

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:07


A £2.4m facility for students with learning difficulties and disabilities is to be built at the Isle of Wight College.

The investment from the Educational Funding Agency will mean that students will be able to stay on the Island, rather than have to seek specialist help on the mainland.

Work will start as soon as planning permission has been approved, it was announced today (Wednesday).

The new facility will include a hydrotherapy pool, accessible kitchens, classrooms specially designed for delivery of independent living, performance spaces, and a 'movement' studio.

College principal Debbie Lavin said: "This specialist facility will provide significant support for students on the Island and I am delighted that we have secured this investment from the EFA."

The new centre will be built adjacent to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) facility that was unveiled by the college last month.

The STEM building, also subject to planning approval, is being funded by a £6.5 million grant from the Skills Funding Agency.

Both facilities are being designed and developed by Pick Everard, which was behind the sixth form centre at the college, which opened in 2010.

Isle of Wight Council children's services cabinet member Cllr Richard Priest said: "I welcome the news and the investment in this facility, reflecting the position and reputation the college has."


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