YOUNGSTERS who attend Springwell Learning Community’s Kendray site are set to benefit from a ‘transformed’ learning environment when they head back to their classrooms.

Funding of £1.3m was provided by Barnsley Council for a full refurbishment of the site, including the introduction of a new food technology room and multi-purpose design technology space.

The building has also been remodelled, with several walls removed and replaced, and works including replacement of windows, doors, ceilings and flooring.

Energy-saving systems such as solar panels and a low-carbon heat system have also been installed.

Sarah Wilson, executive principal, said: “We’re all incredibly excited to welcome students back to the much-improved Kendray site.

“The new building will be transformational for both students and staff, and provides the high quality teaching environment that every child deserves.

“The refurbishment also enables us to provide 16 additional special school places.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the new facilities being used.”