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(UK) "Sensory hub" for children with "complex needs"

Sept 25, 2023, UK Sports: Allerton Primary School Alwoodley: ‘Magical’ new sensory hub opens for Leeds students with complex needs

N. England

On the outside, it may look like a rather ordinary wooden dome – but The Hive, as it has been named by students, is set to transform learning at Allerton Primary School in Alwoodley.

Built on the school grounds in Lingfield Approach, the hub has been designed by pastoral care experts with input from learners at the school. It is hoped the calming environment will boost focus for students.

As well as the relaxing tunes and gentle lighting, the hub has been kitted out with stimulating features like textured walls, projection lamps, “wobble cushions” and toys. And in the future, school leaders want to develop an entire sensory garden directly outside the building.

The project, including the building, resources and gardens, represents an investment of £25,000. [$31,000]

Headteacher Helen Stott, who recently won a National Headteacher of the Year Award, explained: “As a fully inclusive school, we couldn’t ignore the need for a dedicated sensory facility any longer.

“Like many other mainstream schools, we have high numbers of children with specific needs and those numbers are growing nationally.

“We need to offer more bespoke learning spaces and services centred around these children’s more complex needs, and we wanted it to be magical, making use of the amazing grounds we already have.”…

The new sensory hub at Allerton CofE Primary School is complete with mood lighting, soothing music and an “infinity mirror” - and has so far been explored by students Isabel and Tiyahna, pop star Nath Brooks, and students Mohammed and Eden.


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