Alternative school expands into 5,400 sq ft premises in Lincoln

Specialist Education Support Network director Richard Bell with Banks Long & Co surveyor Emily Funnell

Rising demand for its services has led an alternative school to take a lease on new premises in the south of Lincoln.

Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co has leased a 5,400 sq ft unit at The Point, off Weaver Road to the Specialist Education Support Network (SESN), which works with young people aged between 11 and 16 facing a range of challenges.

The network is funded by Lincolnshire County Council. It also receives individual payments from schools which refer students, which teachers and other professionals believe will benefit from its expertise.

Director Richard Bell, who heads a team of five staff, working at the new centre, said: “We are currently working with 25 young people. Lincolnshire County Council has commissioned and funded ten places for excluded students and schools across Lincolnshire have paid for other individuals they have referred to us.

“Every student is an individual and the dynamics of helping them change daily. In addition to our current arrangements, we are also setting-up an Animal Therapy Centre at Newark to help students who want to experience working with animals and, of course, we are keen to build relationships with more local businesses.”

Banks Long & Co Surveyor Emily Funnell said: “We are pleased to have leased a two-storey office unit at The Point to SESN.

“It has provided the Network with more than 5,400 sq ft of flexible open-plan accommodation, which can easily be adapted to its changing needs. The building also enjoys the benefit of 27 parking spaces. We wish SESN every success for the future.”