The Village School and Short Break Centre
The Village School, in Kingsbury, was formed in September 2010 when Hay Lane and Grove Park schools merged.
A £29 million project has begun to replace ageing buildings that were no longer suitable for the education of children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities with first class modern facilities that will transform the quality of their lives.
The project also aims to provide facilities, activities and work-related learning for the local community.
Construction is taking place on the same site. It started in May 2011 and is due to finish in 2013. The project is being overseen by The Village School's governing body in partnership with us. Contractors Leadbitter Group PLC are carrying out the work.
Relocation of pupils
The biggest challenge was deciding how to construct the new building whilst keeping the school running.
It has been decided to keep the new sixth-form block open and relocate the remaining 150 or so pupils off the site into temporary accommodation on the nearby Bacon Lane campus of Kingsbury High School.
Short break service at The Village School
As part of the development of The Village School, a new short break centre will be built on the site.
Short break and respite services are currently provided by the council at Clement Close, Willesden, and Crawford Avenue, Wembley, and these will be relocated to the new centre, enabling the authority to provide high quality respite facilities on one site.
The short break centre will be separately managed from the school but will have dual use of some of its facilities.