On Wednesday 4 October we officially handed over The Wherry School, Norwich, to school staff and principal Rachel Quick.

Builders, contractors, architects and school staff gathered as Barry Payne, chairman of The Wherry School Trust, thanked those involved, describing the finished result as “fantastic”. Rachel Quick, Head Teacher, then snipped the ribbon for the official hand over.

Mr Payne said: “This school is so important because there are so many children with autistic spectrum disorders who are not being catered for… These children have ability – they could do extremely well but they do need the right environment and that’s what this will give them.”

The Wherry School in Norwich is a specialist all through day school for pupils aged 4 – 19 with a diagnosis of autism and a wide range of ability. Currently in the region of 80% of pupils with autism find themselves without employment at the end of their school careers. The Wherry School aims to combat this and has been designed to give pupils the best opportunities to learn in an environment conducive to their needs.