A MIRFIELD school has embarked on a £2.5m fundraising drive.
Holly Bank School has launched its Golden Anniversary Project to fund new facilities for its pupils.
The 50-year-old school, based at Roe Head, plans to build a new centre comprising a hydrotherapy pool, suites of rooms for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, as well as rooms to house the technology department.
The fundraising drive is being spearheaded by businessman John Hall, newly-appointed chairman of the Holly Bank Trust.
The trust supports the school, which provides education and residential care for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities.
The fundraising drive is the latest development at the school since the arrival of Steven Hughes as school principal and trust chief executive 10 years ago.
He has already helped the school to secure year-round registered children's home status - allowing residents to stay at the school 52 weeks a year.
Holly Bank has also developed independence housing for young adults on the main site at Roe Head as well as three permanent homes in local communities.
Mr Hughes said the Golden Anniversary Project would enable the school to "jump to the next level" in terms of standards of service and provision.
Mr Hall, chief executive of Leeds-based lighting firm Ring Ltd, said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to lead the trust through its most ambitious and exciting project to date.
"The £2.5m proposal involves a major expansion of our educational, therapeutic and residential facilities and reflects our commitment to achieving excellence in all fields."
Mr Hall said: "We now very much need the support of committed individuals, organisations, companies and trusts to help us while we strive to meet our ambitious goals and the challenges ahead."