Work's underway on what's been described as a "desperately needed resource" for children and families in Corby.

A new special educational needs school is being developed on the former site of the Beanfield School - where a groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday ( Oct 30 ).

The Red Kite Academy will provide 100 places for pupils aged 4 to 18 - with a target date for opening of September 2018. It's set to include 12 classrooms, specialist teaching rooms, a hall, a hydrotherapy pool, life skills suites and medical rooms.

Backed by Northamptonshire County Council and funded by the Education and Skills Agency, the cost of the school is £8m.