Yeoman Park Academy – based in Mansfield Woodhouse and part of Diverse Academies Trust – provides a highly specialised and an incredibly valuable education for pupils with additional needs, including autism and those with developmental and sensory impairments.

Over the years, the academy’s curriculum, teaching and staff team have been praised by Ofsted and parents and carers alike, however the building that houses the pupils is ready for a complete overhaul. This was recognised by the Department for Education and the reason why Yeoman Park Academy was one of the first schools to be selected for upgrading as part of the government’s school rebuilding programme.

Principal Courtney Hoop says: “We have always been aspirational with our curriculum and what we offer to our individual learners but have started to be limited by our accommodation and ongoing maintenance. Our learners deserve the best and our new build will support this.”

A new purpose built, state of the art facility will be built on the existing site, with the current school demolished once the new academy is finished. This development will have a life changing impact on both current and future pupils, who will have access to bespoke learning environments. The new building will also be able to accommodate additional pupils, meaning the academy can widen its education to more families with children and young people who would benefit from this specialised provision.

Work on the site set to start in August and the academy is seeking the support of the local community. As with all construction, at times, there is expected to be some disruption around the vicinity of the building site, which includes adjoining schools – Manor Academy and Leas Park School, who have been accommodating and supportive in the lead up to works commencing.

Yeoman Park Academy leaders want to ensure that all local residents and members of the community are kept informed during this process and have set up a dedicated page on the Yeoman Park Academy website, with frequently asked questions and contact details of both the academy and construction agency. For more information, visit: