A NEW purpose-built education facility to help young people with complex and medical needs has been officially opened.
The centre, based in the Beacon building, will support St Helens Council’s Launchpad Tuition Services and provide a safe haven for vulnerable pupils unable to access mainstream education.
It will help students achieve life skills and access specialist provision for formal education - as well as providing access to counselling and mentoring opportunities.
Holly Donaghy, a parent of a pupil who left Tuition Services last year, said: “Words just can’t do justice to the outstanding care and education the team at Tuition Services has given our daughter and family.
“Having a chronically sick child is simply the worst time of a parent’s life.
“Tuition services took the time to understand our daughter’s conditions and what she needed for her to achieve her potential. They listened to her medical professional’s advice and it worked.
“From the first day she went from strength to strength and achieved the most amazing results despite her attendance in school. It’s a true sanctuary of hope and possibilities.”
The centre was officially opened by boxing world title challenger Martin Murray.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Jeanette Banks, added: “The council recognises that many young people are unable to access mainstream education due to a variety of complex and medical needs.
“The staff at Tuition Services has a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting these young people to overcome their various issues.
“This was evident with their exemplary GCSE results and the number of students that went on to further education.
“More importantly, Tuition Services are able to support vulnerable young people to access essential life skills that will help them to integrate in society after they leave school.”