£500k boost to college support for students

A COLLEGE has received over half a million pounds to expand facilities for students with complex educational needs.

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) will spend £513,374 on its Rother Valley Campus, improving the experience of those with autistic spectrum conditions.

The project will see a library and courtyard turned into an employability and progression centre, alongside a quiet study and respite area.

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College principal Gill Alton called the plans “fantastic news for both the local area and the college,” adding that they would be completed by autumn this year.

Money will come from the Demographic Growth Capital Fund — a Government scheme providing extra school places and facilities — to ensure Rother Valley has the same facilities as the town centre campus.

RCAT applied for the money with Rotherham Borough Council, which identified a need for amenities aimed at those with autism.


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