Higgins Partnerships supports local Special Needs School in Harrow

Posted 01/08/2021

As part of its ongoing commitment to work with the local community around its projects, Higgins Partnerships has been helping special needs school, Shaftesbury High School, in London Borough of Harrow, by moving an existing portacabin at the school so it can be set up as a new library, reading and literacy area for students who attend the school.

The plant yard team at Higgins donated their time and specialist equipment in order to complete the move, enabling the new cabin to become more accessible for all students.

Deborah Stone, Community Engagement Manager at Shaftesbury High School comments, “Shaftesbury High School is extremely grateful to Higgins Partnerships for helping us achieve our vision of having a purposeful building on site which we hope to turn into a dedicated school library. 

Due to our increase in student numbers we had to turn the previous library into a classroom. Thanks to Higgins moving the portacabin for us, we now have the opportunity to recreate a  new library which will not only help us improve the literacy skills of our students but also help with their mental health and overall academic attainment, as the stronger the reading skills the better they will do across all subjects.”

Amy Ross, Head of Social Value at Higgins Partnerships said, “On every project it is extremley important to us that we engage and work with the local community  and we are really pleased to have been able to help the students of Shaftesbury High School, through our Grange Farm Estate site, by giving them access to a new library.”

Higgins is building the £22.5 million Grange Farm Estate in South Harrow for Harrow Council which will provide 68 much needed brand new council homes and 21 shared ownership properties with parking, a new substation, external works and services. This forms part of the overall masterplan that will eventually provide 574 new homes, of which half will be affordable, along with revamping the estate which has long been in need of regeneration.