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(Ireland) Killeshin: New autism school has ground breaking

Mar 15, 2023, Laois Today: Momentous day as sod is turned for new Saplings school in Killeshin

Yesterday was a momentous day for the school community of Saplings in Killeshin as the sod was officially turned on their new 1,200 square metre state-of-the-art facility.

Fundraising is ongoing for the project which, when finished, will provide a beautiful new school premises.

Up to now the school has been renting prefab accommodation that is 10-15 years old and part of an old school building constructed in 1949….

“We have huge demand for our school as services are limited and there are only 13 schools like ours in the country….

The new site in Fruithill, Graiguecullen, will provide for 36 pupils, with six classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) specific and room to expand at a later point if required.

The new building will incorporate a purpose built functional school with every classroom having its own resource room, sensory room, toilet suites and their own contained garden. A suite of therapy and sensory rooms will be on one side of the school including a life skills room and PE hall….


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