Berkshire school hopes for £500k classroom conversion

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A special needs school in Berkshire is looking to convert a classroom block and install a range of accessibility solutions as part of a major £500,000 refurbishment.

Bishopswood Special School wants its six-classroom block to be installed with adapted toilets and showers, a sensory room and hoist to help children move around.

The adaptations would allow the school to increase its capacity and has already had a feasibility study carried out by architects. It is unclear whether mobility solution suppliers or installers have been contacted.

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Speaking to local newspaper, The Henley Standard, headteacher Janet Kellett said: “I have been given permission, if we get all the relevant planning issues agreed, to convert it. It’s really close to our current classrooms so it’s an excellent opportunity.”

“We are short of space and some children find noisy environments very challenging. Also the new building would be further from the road, which would help with health and safety.”

Bishopswood’s existing facilities at include specialist hygiene and toilet facilities, a hydrotherapy pool and a sensory room.

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