School centre named after TV writer

A TV screenwriter responsible for such shows as Silent Witness has returned to his former Stapleford school to open a new £1.2 million centre in his name.

The Nigel McCrery Learning and Inclusion Centre has been christened in honour of ex-pupil, who defied dyslexia to carve out a career in TV and also wrote New Tricks starring Dennis Waterman. Mr McCrery also carried out the formal opening of the new venue, which caters for children with special educational needs.

It has rooms specially designed with hygienic washrooms for the school’s five students with physical disabilities.

Other students with conditions like dyslexia and autism also use the building, which has been designed to be bright and allow for one-to-one learning.

After the opening, Mr McCrery held a question and answer session for students where he talked about his experiences in both film and television, as well as sharing his experience of being dyslexic.

A George Spencer spokesman said: “It was a really positive session which both staff, parents and students enjoyed.

“The Academy hopes to work with Nigel again in the future.”