A MULTIMILLION-pound rebuilding scheme at a Driffield special school for pupils with learning difficulties is now under way.

The first phase of a £6.3 million project to redevelop Kings Mill School will see a two-storey building housing classrooms, dining facilities, a hall and hydrotherapy pool built on a neighbouring former factory site, and a former infants’ building remodelled to create circulation and administration areas.

The initial project will be completed next summer while the second phase, which will involve the demolition of the existing classroom building and its replacement with a new single-storey classroom block, will be finished in the summer of 2016.

Gail Lawton, head teacher at Kings Mill School, said: “We are all extremely excited now that the new build has started. At the end of the project we will have a state-of-the-art building which will greatly improve our current facilities.

“We know that the next two years will be a challenge for us all as we manage the school on three different sites but we recognise that it will be worth the pain for the gain of a new purpose-built school which will be a flagship for the East Riding.”