For many people the site of Helenswood’s Upper School has taken on a new significance in the last few months as the local site for Covid testing.
So we thought that for our last visit of the year to the Derelict in the UK website, revisiting Helenswood Upper School seemed appropriate.
What became Helenswood Upper School and then later ARK Helenswood – was opened in 1929 in a large house situated on The Ridge called ‘The Cleave’. This building was condemned and demolished in 1967, with the school moving to new buildings adjacent to the original site, with a tower block being constructed for classrooms in 1969.
Around 1981, the school developed a further site some two miles along The Ridge and moved the first three years of intake there. In September 2013 Helenswood School was converted to academy status and was renamed Helenswood Academy – later Ark Helenswood Academy.
In 2019, ARK Helenswood and ARK William Parker merged to form ARK Alexandra Academy. It was decided the upper school site with its dated tower block and lack of disabled facilities was now obsolete and the site closed at the end of the 2019 summer term. It will be demolished to make way for a new Special Needs School.
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