New School Building for Harry Watts Academy

New School Building for Harry Watts Academy


We received the keys for Harry Watts Academy's new school building today.  Kevin Robson, Projects Manager, Sunderland City Council handed the keys to Mark Jones CEO, Prosper Learning Trust. 

Kier Construction handed the building to Sunderland City Council on time, after managing to keep the build on schedule during all the Covid restrictions. 

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

Harry Watts Academy will eventually accommodate up to 96 pupils who have Autism. From January 1st2021 the school will have 40 pupils on roll and they will transition to the new site after February half term.   

Prosper Learning Trust are proud to deliver a school which serves the city of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. Working together with you, 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 get closer to opening our incredible new building and developing Harry Watts Academy into an outstanding provision for pupils with ASD, 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 Sunderland, we are proud to deliver a school which will serve the city 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.”