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New Mountjoy School Opens In Beaminster

Mountjoy opens correct

9:26am 7th November 2012
(Updated 9:28am 7th November 2012)

A special School that moved from Bridport to Beaminster has finally opened its doors.

48 pupils with physical and learning disabilities are now enjoying brand new facilities at the relocated Mountjoy School.

Head teacher James Franzen says parents and pupils alike are delighted with the new premises that features a hydropool, sensory studio, soft play room, and media room, not to mention a play area that's 10 times the size of its old playground.


The new school is nearly 4 times bigger than the old building on Flood Lane in Bridport.


The budget for the Mountjoy project was just under 9 million.


Dorset County Council's cabinet member for children's services Toni Coombs said:

"We have worked on this project for a number of years and I'm delighted that the new school has now opened. Mountjoy School, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, was always let down by the old building but pupils and staff finally have the space, technology and 21st Century facilities that they deserve."
County councillor for Beaminster Rebecca Knox said:

"I'm pleased that the county council has also been able to make improvements to Beaminster School as part of this project. I'm sure that Mountjoy School will make a wonderful addition to the local community, and hope that the pupils and staff are very happy in their new home."

Paul Gale, area director for Morgan Sindall added:

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with Mountjoy School and Dorset County Council to create this comfortable, stimulating learning environment and we are delighted to see the pupils enjoying it for the first time. We're sure both the staff and the pupils will benefit greatly from their new facilities.

"We have drawn upon our extensive experience of working in the education sector, and we were able to draw upon this knowledge during this development to complete what will no doubt be held as an exemplar school in the county."

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