EXCITED pupils visited the building site of a Brent school for children with special needs undergoing a £29m transformation.
Headteacher of The Village School in Kingsbury, Kay Johnson, took her students for a closer look at the demolition of the old school buildings during the latest stage of the project.
Ms Johnson even got to sit in the digger during the visit, on Wednesday last week .
Work began in May on the scheme to rebuild the school, replacing ageing buildings that were described by Brent Council as 'totally unsuitable for the education of children with special needs'.
A spokesman for the council, which is leading the project, said: "The modern, new Village School will provide the best possible education and opportunities for children who are among the most vulnerable young people in the borough.
"The project also aims to provide facilities for the local community and jobs and training for local people."
When the work is completed by next summer, the two-storey school will take 235 pupils rather than 210.
It will include music, dance and drama facilities, a sports hall and specially-adapted swimming pool, the most up to date learning technology, and a short break centre.
Ms Johnson said: "It was a very exciting event for our village community because it marks the end of an era and the beginning of our new educational journey."
Councillor Mary Arnold, Brent Council's lead member for children and families added: "We want to make sure children with special needs, who are among the most vulnerable young people in Brent, get the best possible education and life chances."
The Village School pupils are being educated in a purpose-built, temporary school building on the grounds of Kingsbury High School while construction is underway.