New Avon Park school in Hillmorton makes its mark in Rugby community

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A new school in Hillmorton for children with special needs is making its mark in the community.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey paid the staff and pupils of Avon Park Special School a visit and left them in no doubt that the school has his backing.

The school, based on St. John’s Avenue, was officially opened last November and has seen its pupil numbers grow strongly as it has established itself as an important educational resource for the children and families of the surrounding area.

Mr Pawsey toured the school and met with both staff and pupils during his visit.

He said he was impressed with the school, the staff and pupils.

Sophie Garner, headteacher of the school, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Pawsey to Avon Park School and to be able to demonstrate the hard work that the staff team have put into developing this wonderful provision.

“We have received fantastic support from the local community and look forward to developing further links.”

Mr Pawsey ended his visit by promising to return to visit the school again to not only check on its progress but also to deliver an assembly to the staff and pupils.



Avon Park is one of a number of schools across the country managed by the Witherslack Group.

The group is an independent provider of specialist education and care for children and young people with special educational needs.

The school, a co-educational, special day-school, provides education for children aged five to 16.

It meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils who primarily have complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.