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Innovative sensory room at Crowdys Hill, Swindon

SWINDON’S Crowdys Hill School, an all through special school for pupils aged 5 – 19 with complex needs, has a new sensory room thanks to a £14,500 donation from Wooden Spoon Wiltshire. The school was founded 50 years ago with 56 challenged youngsters, and today caters for 206 children who receive additional specialist support.

The opening of the sensory room was attended by Max Allen from Gloucester RFC, Swindon’s deputy mayor Junab Ali, representatives from local rugby clubs, Hartpury College, Gloucester Rugby in the Community and members of Wooden Spoon Wiltshire. Wiltshire chairman Gareth John said: “This has been all down to the fantastic support at the Wiltshire Floodlit Festivals by young rugby players, their parents and supporters. It is a remarkable achievement by everyone. We are so delighted to help more youngsters with disabilities in our county, it is a truly fulfilling outcome. It was a truly memorable day all around, especially with such excellent involvement by many Crowdys Hill School pupils.”

A school spokeswoman said: “Our fabulous, innovative sensory room has opened up a whole new experience for our children and provided them with an exciting and enriching space in which to learn. It is a tremendous addition to our curriculum. Our school ethos is about equipping our children with the essential skills they need to live an independent life. We aim to provide every child, regardless of their ability, access to a variety of National Curriculum subjects at a differentiated level, as well as offering a growing range of vocational course, including land studies, home cooking, horticulture and work skills.”

Crowdys Hill - sensory room opening

Max Allen, school and primary headteachers at the sensory room opening.