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Farm school planned to help teenagers with learning difficulties find jobs
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“They say school days are the happiest of your life,” says Gary Smith, head teacher of one of Britain’s most successful schools for children with learning difficulties. “But they aren’t supposed to be your only happy days.” When he became head teacher at Market Field School near Colchester, Essex, 30 years ago, it had 50 students and was a ramshackle collection of mainly temporary classrooms known as the “chicken shed”. A significant number of children come from Jaywick, one of the most deprived areas of England. Having fought off an attempt to abolish the school, Smith demolished the “chicken shed” himself in 2014. In its place, on the same site, he opened a brand new £7m state-of-the-art school with 200 pupils aged five to 16. He is already adding a new wing which will provide an extra 100 places.
Source: The Independent