On Friday 6th May, Mary met with the senior leadership team of Houghall Campus, including the Principal Suzanne Duncan, to discuss their ongoing plans for the redevelopment of the campus.
Mary visited the college before the pandemic for a tour of the site and to look at phases one and two of the redevelopment. Phase one saw the redevelopment of the original buildings and phase two the accommodation block.
The college are now looking at phase three – the development of a new teaching and learning hub on the site.
Mary has committed to working with the college to try and deliver this final phase of development. As the largest land-based college in the North, and a significant provider of education for young people with additional needs, a modern, up-to-date facility is sorely needed.
Speaking after the visit Mary said
If we are to properly level up Durham, then funding needs to be made available to make sure that our young people have the best environments in which to learn and develop. I’m pleased to be working with the senior leadership of Houghall campus to make sure that their students are serviced by an up-to-date teaching and learning hub to cater for everyone’s needs. Thus far, the government have proved that their plan for education is hollow. I urge them to act to help schools and colleges to develop into the best environment for young people.