Official opening for new special primary school
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The New Horizons Learning Centre primary school on Courtney Road, Kingswood provides 15 places for children aged seven to 11 years old.
Cllr Sheila Cook, South Gloucestershire Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “Today’s official opening is the latest step in a landmark development for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in South Gloucestershire.
“With state-of-the-art facilities, it provides a wonderful environment for pupils and underlines the council’s commitment to excellence in education provision, particularly for our most vulnerable youngsters.”
The new school combines modern general and specialist learning spaces, with a range of sports and recreational facilities in a landscaped setting. Owing to the needs of the pupils, the environment will provide areas with clear boundaries, enough personal space and facilities to allow individual support.
The classrooms open onto sheltered areas for learning through play with water and sand, climbing equipment, slides and nature walkway. The building will also include a therapy suite for one-to-one and small group work connecting to a walled sensory garden to offer a calm, private and peaceful space.
Last year the £9m New Horizons secondary school also opened its doors, on Mulberry Drive, Kingswood.
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