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JJ Williams opens new sensory room in Bridgend

Ysgol Bryn Castell opening 2018

The new soft play area at Ysgol Bryn Castell, Bridgend.

GOVERNORS, students, dignitaries and teachers gathered to witness the official opening of the Wooden Spoon Soft Play and Sensory Room at Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School in Bridgend, Wales. The £18,000 project, which was fully funded by Wooden Spoon Wales, was formally opened by Llanelli, Wales & British Lions legend JJ Williams, who played in two Lions tours including the South Africa Invincibles in 1974.

Ysgol Bryn Castell community day special school provides education for pupils aged 7 to 19 years old with complex emotional, social and behavioural special educational needs, alongside specific learning difficulties and other additional learning needs.

Developing both the soft play and sensory rooms supports pupils to develop key areas such as communication and self regulation skills. It will have an impact on their readiness for learning and social skills, not just within the school but also at home and in the wider community.

All of the pupils who attend Ysgol Bryn Castell benefit from alternative approaches to education. Active and exploratory soft play helps children learn new motor skills in a fun and stimulating environment. It helps develop physical activity and encourages children to enjoy exercising, but as it is essentially play it feels fun and exciting. Many of the children have gaps within their developmental profile, especially social related skills. Soft play supports pupils to interpret, imagine, create, interact with others, explore, be fast, be slow, be loud and be quiet.

Head teacher Helen Ridout, ASD unit leader Eve Devlin and administrator Kaye Cheeseman thanked Wooden Spoon for their donation, which has already made a huge difference to the children’s well being, providing the ‘calming’ environment necessary at times for the pupils.

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