A new school for students with complex educational needs or social, emotional and mental health issues has opened in Hailsham.

The MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani visited the school to mark its opening.

She said, “I was delighted to visit this fantastic new addition to Wealden education services to celebrate its official opening and meet the headteacher Simon Hawthorne.

“The Ropemakers Academy is an incredible facility, fully equipped to allow its pupils to flourish. Every child in this country, irrespective of their background, must have the opportunity to get a world-class education and reach their potential. This includes children with special educational needs and disabilities, and children in alternative provision.

“Free schools play an important role in our education system and I am delighted that we have this fantastic new state of the art school with dedicated specialist teachers in Hailsham.”

Headteacher Simon Hawthorne said, “I was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Nusrat to The Ropemakers Academy, it was fantastic for our staff and students to meet our local MP.

“It was really supportive and reassuring that Nusrat was keen to know all about our provision and understand the needs of our students. Nusrat made it clear that we are welcome to reach out at any point and we all look forward to welcoming Nusrat again in the near future.”


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