Harry Watts Academy New Building Opens to Pupils

Harry Watts Academy New Building Opens to Pupils


Harry Watts Academy opened in September 2020 at the former Harraton Primary School in Washington. This temporary provision was utilised while work was being completed on the new build at Hylton Redhouse, Sunderland.

Harry Watts Academy will eventually accommodate up to 96 pupils Autistic pupils. The school currently has 41 pupils on roll who will all move to the new building today.

Local businesses have also supported the new school opening, very kindly providing things free of charge to help make the day even more memorable. You Can Fly Balloons and Events have decorated the new school with a balloon arch and clusters of balloons and staff have been working hard on producing branded sweet cones and cupcakes for the children.

The priority for staff today was ensuring that the children were happy, settled and had time to get used to their new surroundings.

Prosper Learning Trust are proud to deliver a school which serves the city of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. Working together with our stakeholders and partners we will create a school which is recognised as a centre of excellence both regionally and nationally.

Derek Cogle, Head Teacher, Harry Watts Academy said, “Having opened our school in September, with such fantastic children and an amazing staff, I am extremely excited to move into our incredible new building and continue developing Harry Watts Academy into an outstanding specialist provision for pupils, in order to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes for them and their families.”

“This has been a long process and has involved the dedication and vision of a great number of people, to whom I am forever grateful. We look forward to creating some enriching memories.”

Mark Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Prosper Learning Trust said, “This is an exciting time for Prosper Learning Trust, we are proud to deliver a school which will serve the young people of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. I would like to say a big thank you to all our partners who have supported Prosper Learning Trust in the development of Harry Watts Academy”.

Dan Doherty, Regional Director at Kier Regional Building North and Scotland, said: “We are immensely proud to be handing this project over to Sunderland City Council and Prosper Learning Trust. It is testament to our team working on the school that it has been handed over on time and especially impressive as they had to adapt to the introduction of social distancing guidelines. It is a much-needed specialist facility in the Sunderland area and I look forward to seeing it supporting local pupils and their families for many years to come.”