£1m extension sees sensory rooms brought to special school

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A special educational needs school in Yorkshire has spent £1 million on installing a new extension to help meet the various needs of its 200 pupils.

Mowbray School in North Yorkshire had the extension built which features sensory rooms, including a special circuit sensory room for children with autism, three new classrooms and a multi-purpose teaching room.

Existing budgets and fundraising by the school helped to pay for the extension and the facility has been rated as good by Ofsted thanks to the education and support it offers and the facilities it has.

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“The specialist calm room is unique, it is a totally safe and secure room, with specialist lighting effects and music, programmed specifically to the stipulations of pupils who at certain times require a place to calm,” Headteacher Jonathan Tearle told the Northern Echo.

He added: “The new teaching facilities have significantly enhanced the learning opportunities for all our pupils and show the school’s ambitions and never-ending commitment to provide the very best for our pupils. It will increase capacity to around 215 pupil places.

“This will alleviate some of the demand for places at this school, in particular it has allowed us to increase primary classes from nine to eleven and already enabled 12 new pupils to join.”

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