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(UK) Christchurch: Autism school adds $1.2M "creative space"

Sept 19, 2021, Bournemouth Daily Echo: Christchurch school opens new outdoor creative space

South coast of England A SPECIALIST school in Christchurch has created an eco-friendly roundhouse building to give its students even more access to dance and movement therapy. Portfield School in Parley, owned and operated by Autism Wessex, provides specialist teaching and care for students aged four to 19 who hold an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis (ASD). The school’s new facility cost £90,000 [$1.2M U.S.] to build and has been funded entirely by the charity. CEO of Autism Wessex Siún Cranny said: “We are continually exploring ways to develop therapeutic processes at Portfield School…. “From this came the idea for a circular space, built from sustainable materials, with a light focus at the pinpoint of the radius in the ceiling, producing a serene sense of calm and peace. “The building is simply stunning - a real testament to our continual investment to improve the quality of the environment at the school and something which will bring huge benefits to Portfield School students for many years to come.”


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