School wins funding for autism block

A brand new facility for children with autism and aspergers is to be built at a village special needs school thanks to a county council grant.

Swanwick School and Sports College on Hayes Lane has been awarded £300,000 from to build a dedicated new learning environment for ten to 12 pupils at a time.

The facility will cater for youngsters with less acute forms of Asperger’s and autism - who would otherwise need to go to expensive out of county placement schools as they do not qualify for special school status.

Head teacher Chris Greenhough said: “this will be fantastic for the school to move forward and offer group provision for a group of young people that would otherwise fall through the net.”

The new unit will have two teaching areas for groups of five or six pupils at a time and a sensory room.

It will also have a kitchen area to teach cookery classes.

“The idea of the smaller classrooms is that the pupils are not overloaded. “ Mr Greenhough added. “They won’t have to come across lots of social situations which they have to deal with.”

Swanwick School and Sports College has 60 pupils with a range of disabilities.