For many years, this rural special needs school had been bidding unsuccessfully under successive Government schemes for capital to replace its cramped and outdated campus with a new school.

Robert took a fresh look at the problem and gained the trust of all stakeholders involved, including the local authority. He researched and found a new site for the school, winning the support of a landowner willing to sell on the right terms. Then he found a way the capital cost could be converted to a revenue cost, covered by future revenue savings.

Finally he worked with the local MP to win political support and arrange a Ministerial visit.

A Government grant was matched by the local authority, planning consent gained and the new £11m school will open early in 2016.