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News - October 2019

 

Abbey Court School - Sensory Pool

Trustees were pleased to award a £10,000 grant to Abbey Court School to part fund the updating and re-design of their hydrotherapy pool over the summer holidays.

 

Hydro swim at the school is one of the pupils’ favourite activities. Some pupils learn how to swim and gain confidence in the pool but for other pupils it is their moment to feel a freedom of movement that is not always possible on land.

 

The sensory lights provide visual lighting effects which provides the children with a sensory atmosphere which overall has a huge positive effect to their swim and development. Pupils feel more relaxed, more alert and happy. The sensory pool includes a bubble maker, LED clouds and sound, resulting in an engaging and relaxing area.

 

Abbey Court worked with Mike Ayres Design, who has 40 years of expertise building sensory rooms and pools all over Europe and the UK, to plan and design a specific sensory environment that meets the needs of all of their pupils.

 

Teachers have been trained in how to use the equipment and have used it in every hydropool session. Staff have commented on how relaxed pupils are and the enjoyment pupils are showing within this new environment.

 

Abbey Court School pass on their thanks to Richard Watts Charities plus The Wooden Spoon, The Lawson Trust and The Abbey Court School Trust for their support and financial commitment to this project costing £50,248.50, without which it would not have been possible.