Two years of work to kit out a special needs school with state of the art facilities is complete and what better way the celebrate than with a balloon release for the children.
Lindon Bennett School in Hanworth celebrated the official opening of its new facilities on Wednesday October 18 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and dance show from the children, prepared for their special guest, Hounslow Mayor, Councillor Nisar Malik.
A total of £11.5 million was invested in order to redevelop the Hounslow school in a bid to tackle a shortage of places for children with special educational needs (SEN) across the borough.
Boasting an array of facilities, the school now has the capacity to accommodate more than 200 pupils, with 198 children currently registered.
Chair of Governors at Lindon Bennett School, Lorna Goodwin told getwestlondon: "The range of special needs and the number of children with special educational needs is increasing across the borough and Lindon Bennett School is one of the first to be fully redeveloped like this so the school is expanding, our nursery has expanded so we go from three through to 11.
"We've been able to expand our nursery already and as the school has now moved into this building we are able to expand and take wider numbers of children and a wider range of needs."
She added: "The children have different needs, some with visual impairments, some with physical and rhetoric difficulties, so having a range of different sensory opportunities for them will be phenomenal because they are different types and level of stimulation that help them engage with their learning and their personal development.
"It really, really does bring a huge enhancement to their learning."
The children are now able to benefit from a range of new facilities including a hydro pool, an indoor soft play area, a number of outdoor soft adventure play areas and sensory rooms.
There is also an ice cream machine on hand so the children can tuck in when they are feeling a bit peckish.
A total of 70 new school places have been created as a result of the expansion and Lorna Goodwin says she can already see the benefits the children will get out of the new facilities.
She explained: "They've got these wonderful, new, technologically enhanced classrooms, stimulating soft play areas, sensory rooms.
"I think the whole thing together provides such an amazing environment, you can see the children love it, you can see the parents think it's amazing and you can see the teachers really enjoy working here."
In response to rising remand for SEN places in the borough, plans for the school redevelopment were submitted as part of a schools expansion programme being delivered by Hounslow Council in partnership with construction consultancy, Pick Everard.
It is one of five special needs school expansion projects in the borough.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education for Hounslow Council, said: "It is excellent to see this fantastic school now expanded and updated to offer our children with special educational needs, the building they deserve.
"This is the first one of five major expansion projects that will see each of our special schools rebuilt or upgraded to offer the best facilities to the children with most significant challenges in their learning."
For further information about Lindon Bennett School, head to their website.
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