(UK) Cumbria: $11M (US) for new special needs school; sensory room included

June 26, 2018, Cumbria Crack: Sod cutting ceremony marks start of work on new Sandside Lodge School, Ulverston (Cost: $11M U.S.) A sod-cutting ceremony took place today (Tuesday 26th June) to officially mark the start of construction work on the new school buildings for Sandside Lodge in Ulverston. Cumbria County Council is investing £8.6 million in the exciting project which will create a purpose-built, 80-place special school co-located on the site of Ulverston Victoria High School. This new development, which is one element of Cumbria’s ambitious and wide-ranging Inclusion Strategy, will provide modern teaching facilities for children with severe and profound learning needs from Early Years Foundation (aged 2) stage to Year 14 (aged 19). As well as state-of-the-art teaching spaces, the new school will also have facilities including: Sensory Integration Room Hydrotherapy pool Physiotherapy … The new school will open in September 2019 and replace the current Sandside Lodge School, which is no longer fit for purpose. Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said: “This is an exciting development which will create a centre of excellence for special needs learning in Cumbria. The new-build will provide much-needed modern, purpose-built facilities for pupils and staff at Sandside Lodge as well as a base for our Special Autism Teaching Support team.”… Donna Stretton, head teacher at Sandside Lodge, said: “We are so excited about the new build which will give our students the school they truly deserve. Right from the start they have been fully involved in the project – they even chose the colour scheme for the exterior of the building – to ensure the new build can fully cater for their needs and make the school a wonderful place to learn…. “The new build will create a school that meets more than just the basic needs of our students. New facilities like the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room will promote communication and independence and will help our students to further develop the skills they need for life.”