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Kirk Hallam school celebrates competition win to create sensory learning area

Ladywood Primary School has been awarded �4,000 to build an outdoor sensory learning area, pictured are parent Susan Severn, Dave Stevens of SENCO and pupils Fraser, Matthew, Ryan and Madison
Ladywood Primary School has been awarded �4,000 to build an outdoor sensory learning area, pictured are parent Susan Severn, Dave Stevens of SENCO and pupils Fraser, Matthew, Ryan and Madison

A Kirk Hallam primary school has won £4,000 of building materials to create a sensory learning area for pupils in a national trades competition.

Ladywood Primary School, on Oliver Road, was among the 37 winners of this year’s Jewson Building Better Communities awards, announced at a ceremony in Coventry on Tuesday, July 3.

The funds will be put towards building a safe and stimulating learning space for children with autism and other learning difficulties.

Headteacher Dave Stephens said: “This is incredible and will benefit the children greatly. The new pod we’ll build will help our pupils meet their sensory needs.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic and would like to thank Jewson and the community for their support.”

The idea to apply for the award came from the parent of a pupil with special educational needs, but the school say it has the potential use in many different circumstances.

Dave said: “We have around 30 pupils here with significant special educational needs, but the ide is almost universal. Any child might sometimes just need a calming place for a bit of time out for all sorts of reasons.”

Builders’ merchant Jewson launched the Building Better Communities competition in 2018, and received more than 2,400 entries from across the country, which were narrowed down to a shortlist and put to a public vote.

The awards were presented by architect George Clarke, best known for his work on television programmes such as The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

George said: “Schemes like this one from Ladywood Primary School really bring a community together. Congratulations to the m on their deserved win.

“By giving something back to the areas that support it, Jewson is creating brighter futures for people in need.”

The school is now looking for contractors to support the project and making plans for the resources and equipment for inside the space, with the aim of beginning building work in September.