Alfreton Park Community Special School is celebrating after receiving a £900,000 county council boost to build a new hydrotherapy pool.
The school raised £23,000 in just over a year with its Raise the Roof campaign to replace the roof of the existing pool, which was built in 1977, after losing out on a Building Schools for the Future grant in 2010.
The cash is part of £5,575,000 earmarked by Derbyshire County Council for school works, which also include the replacement of North Wingfield Primary School and Aldercar Community Language College. Associate headteacher Cheryl Smart said: “We worked very hard raising money and we really appreciate the support from the local community.
“Lots of people have helped us.
“We are thrilled to have this money which means we will be able to buy a new pool rather than refurbish something which is not really adequate.”
The school says it will continue to raise funds because the council grant will only provide a basic hydrotherapy/ warm water pool and they would like to raise money for extras like lighting and music to create a nice atmosphere for the youngsters.
The council has also pledged £150,000 to improve classroom space.
The school has 68 pupils, aged between two and 19, with a variety of complex learning needs and disabilities.