WORK is underway on a new £1.87million hydrotherapy pool at one of Taunton's newest schools.

The facility at Selworthy School's Hazelbrook campus in Lyngford Road will help meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children.

Selworthy is attended by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities aged from four to 19.

Somerset County Council agreed to invest in the pool as warm water offers a positive environment for youngsters with complex disabilities to benefit from activities to relieve pain, improve circulation, reduce spasms and enable a freedom of movement not possible elsewhere.

Hydrotherapy sessions can also assist in improving the movement of limbs and providing resistance to help build up strength.

It is hoped the new build will be completed by next spring.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s lead member for children’s services, said: “We are committed to providing school environments which give Somerset’s children and young people the opportunity to flourish.

“The investment in this new facility at Selworthy School is an excellent example that will have a positive impact on the physical and mental health of the pupils at the school.”

Selworthy executive head teacher Mark Ruffett said: "We are looking forward to these plans coming to fruition and appreciate the investment in our learners.

"This facility will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our population and adds a splash of excitement to our already fantastic provision.”

Nigel Whelan, operations manager for Devon Contractors, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to build the new hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School, on the Hazelbrook Campus.

“Schools like Selworthy are truly exceptional places, providing the very best support and learning opportunities for children and young adults with special educational needs.

“The outstanding facilities in the new pool will provide a secure, innovative and exciting space for pupils and we look forward to handing over this exciting project in the not too distant future.”

Work was completed on the £8.5million Hazelbrook campus two years ago