Safe and secure future for Hull's schoolgirl mums
TEENAGE mothers are returning to a newly refurbished building after a £360,000 refit.
The Schoolgirl Mums' Unit has been transformed under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.
The specialist unit helps young mothers continue their schooling while pregnant and after giving birth.
It offers academic lessons as well as teaching life skills and includes a nursery so the girls can continue their learning while their babies are being cared for by specialist staff.
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Julie Stamper, head teacher at the school, said: "The finished building and facilities are exceptional and every single staff member has been amazed.
"Everyone is grateful that we have been able to be gifted this fantastic facility from which we will be able to hopefully build a safe and secure future.
"I cannot wait to see the girls' faces next week when they come in."
The unit, rated outstanding by Ofsted, has been extended into a neighbouring annex, which has been refitted into three rooms that can be used for a host of purposes.
The rooms will house a dining area, a home economics teaching space, a library and interactive learning resource centre, a mini-fitness suite and a midwifery consultation room.
From its early days at the Myton Centre in William Street, the unit has grown steadily.
It now has the capacity to work with more than 40 young girls every year and includes a nursery for up to 30 babies.
Hundreds of women have been helped to achieve qualifications equivalent to A levels across the past two decades.
Currently, teenage girls are given the chance to sit up to ten GCSEs and, if they wish, study for BTECs and vocation qualifications up to level three, which are equivalent to A levels.
Mrs Stamper said: "I am absolutely delighted with the work which has been done, I cannot believe the builders have done so much in such a short space of time."
The unit, in the Boulevard, west Hull, is one of five schools to have investment under BSF. The others are Endike Primary School in north Hull, the £25 million Thomas Ferens Academy in Orchard Park, Christopher Pickering Primary School in Burnham Road, west Hull, and a refurbished Malet Lambert in east Hull.