Greenwich

State of the art facility for pupils with autism opens in Royal Borough of Greenwich

Published Friday, 14 October 2016

A new campus specially designed for secondary pupils with autism is officially opening in the borough.

The new Kings Park campus in Eltham is part of the existing Newhaven School, which provides education for children with autism and a range of other needs who have had difficulties continuing their education in mainstream schools.

The £2.8 million facility has been delivered after the Royal Borough successfully secured funds for the building from the Department for Education.

The campus is holding an official opening ceremony today to introduce the new facility which offers a personalised approach to the young people's learning alongside therapeutic input. The new facilities include:

  • a low sensory environment with large classrooms divided into communal work areas and individual working booths
  • small special places such as calm rooms, therapy rooms sensory rooms and one-to-one work spaces
  • state of the art ICT facilities
  • air conditioning, and light control in each area to help with student sensitivities.

Cllr. Miranda Williams, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "This is such an important facility and I'm so pleased these students in the borough - many with complex needs - can be supported in an environment specially tailored to work for them. We want them to have every possible opportunity to succeed and this will really help them to get the best out of their education - I'm proud we have secured this facility for the borough and for the students here who need this kind of specialist support."

Head of Kings Park Campus Jon Kelly said: "We are here to provide a high quality education for students academically, socially and emotionally. We aim to provide each of our wonderful young people with the skills and abilities they need to flourish as adults in a world where their needs are often not considered. The breadth of curriculum, dedicated staff and high levels of therapeutic input will combine with our wonderful building to provide the calm and sensitive environment our students need."

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