(UK) Saddleworth: New 'marvelous' autism school opens

Mar 2020, Oldham Times: ‘Marvellous’ school for children with autism completed in Saddleworth A SPECIAL school for children with autism that has been hailed as "marvellous" by councillors and funded by a local business has been built in Saddleworth. Work has now finished on the new Bright Futures School in Greenfield, off Friezland Lane, which was funded by family-owned cleaning manufacturer Robert Scott. Bright Futures was founded in 2010 by Zoe Thompson and her late husband Dixon Milburn as an independent school dedicated to helping children with autism from ages five up to 16…. Robert Scott has invested more than £1 million in the build of the new 4,000 sq ft school, which features 15 classrooms designed for one-to-one education. It also includes sensory and medical rooms, kitchen and dining areas, a reception area, staff room, outdoor space and on-site parking. … And Saddleworth South Cllr John Hudson described the plans as "marvellous". Mr Scott said: “As a local business, it’s extremely rewarding to see the children and staff of Bright Futures move into their new premises and make it their own. “We’re very proud of everyone who has been involved with this project and the hard work they’ve put in to finish the project so quickly. “We look forward to seeing the children flourish as they settle in.”… Through fundraising and public donations £28k [$35K U.S.] has been raised to create a special sensory room that combines a range of ‘visual, audio and textural stimuli’ to help children develop and engage with their surroundings in a safe way…. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held later this summer to allow time for both staff and students to settle into their new surroundings