Hillingdon Council has successfully completed its multimillion-pound initiative aimed at enhancing educational opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the local community.
The completion of this project saw the creation of a state-of-the-art Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) at Charville Academy in Hayes.
This tailor-made SRP at Charville Academy boasts dedicated group and therapy rooms, well-equipped classrooms, and a welcoming space, providing an inclusive environment for students with special needs.
The facility is designed to cater specifically to students with autistic spectrum conditions, initially offering support to eight students. This number is set to double to 16 by September, further expanding the capacity to meet the growing demand for specialized education in the community.
Headteacher Nicola Kelly, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Charville Academy to support the local authority’s plans and commitment to enhance provision for children in Hillingdon to receive specialist education in a bespoke, purpose-built setting within our school.
“The specialist provision will provide direct access to mainstream education opportunities as well as needs based targeted support in small groups. It is designed so that all our children develop the life skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century.”
Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, Cllr Susan O’Brien, visited the new facilities on Wednesday 13 November alongside the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, Cllr Jonathan Bianco, to mark its official opening.
She said: “Real progress is being made to meet demand for specialist provision in our schools through this building programme, and these are key examples of where we’ve reviewed how areas in our schools are used and how they can be adapted to address the increasing demand for places and provide opportunities for young people with specific needs to learn alongside other pupils in a mainstream setting.
“We are committed to creating thriving, healthy households and ensuring that every child in Hillingdon has access to a school place, including children with additional needs.”
Hillingdon Council are also making strides in enhancing educational facilities with the nearing completion of a new SRP at Ruislip Gardens Primary School. The SRP will initially support 12 primary-aged children with autistic spectrum conditions.
Additionally, an early years assessment centre is being established at the school, offering 16 places for nursery-aged children requiring SEND provision.
Simultaneously, Meadow High School in Uxbridge is undergoing expansion with the creation of a satellite school in Harefield, providing 90 extra places, and a new classroom block at the existing site, resulting in eight new places and the re-provision of 82.
For information and advice for children and young people with SEND, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/