Two Croydon schools this week celebrated the official opening of specialist facilities put in by the council to cater for children with disabilities or special medical conditions.
Chipstead Valley Primary and Woodcote High School have between them benefited from £1.56m of improvements over the summer. They are amongst five of the borough’s schools to see recent investment in new spaces designed specifically for children with a variety of special needs.
Edenham High School has opened a centre to help pupils with speech, language and communication problems and Kensington Avenue Primary can now cater for children with ASD. Fairchildes Primary’s facilities allow them to provide for children with a range of needs, including those of pupils with moderate learning difficulties.
The council is spending money to make sure local children are able to attend nearby schools rather than having to travel further afield to find ones that meet their individual requirements. The project also allows pupils with special needs to integrate into the mainstream education system.
Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “The council’s investment in facilities such as these will help more local children study at schools close to home. We recognise why it’s important for every child to feel that they are a part of a community and why for those with specialist needs this is maybe even more crucial.
"The Mayor of Croydon and i particularly enjoyed the two opening ceremonies and want to thank the head teachers of both schools and, in particular, the two children who painted the Mayor and I such brilliant 'lilac themed' paintings, inspired by the Lilac Room in Chipstead Valley's new facility."