8:30am Thursday 19th April 2012
A CLENT special school is opening a newly refurbished house for students with profound autism following a £300,000 project.
TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author Stuart Maconie will open Birch House at Sunfield School on Saturday April 21.
Work to revamp the 1980s built building got underway in January and marked the start of a programme to refurbish a number of properties at the sprawling Woodman Lane site to make them fit for purpose for the school’s youngsters who have severe learning disabilities.
Kate Worton, community links officer at Sunfield, said: “We have been raising money to carry out major refurbishment and alteration works to create an environment that is more suitable for the needs of the children who are now being referred to us.
“This has included dividing the house into two smaller houses, each with four bedrooms, communal living and dining areas, calm spaces, wider and lighter circulation areas and upgraded heating and electrical services, enabling us to be more responsive to their complex needs.”
She said the opening of Birch House would create more vacancies for students, aged six to 19, and in turn further possible job opportunities at Sunfield.
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