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School in Kingsbury opens its doors following £29m makeover

PUBLISHED: 15:53 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 August 2013

The Village School has opened in Kingsbury (Pic credit: Big Picture Photography)

The Village School has opened in Kingsbury (Pic credit: Big Picture Photography)

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A school for pupils with special educational needs in Kingsbury has opened its doors to students following a multi-million makeover.

The Village in Grove Park hosts a plethora of facilities for pupils aged between two and 19 following a rebuild in a £29miliion project led by Brent Council.

The state-of-the art features include therapy, sensory and calm rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and a MUGA multi-use games area and woodland walk.

Two thirds of the 235 pupils, who have complex learning difficulties and disabilities, have moved into the school.

Head teacher Kay Johnson has said pupils and staff are ‘over the moon’ at the long-awaited completion of their new school.

She added: “We’re still unpacking but the pupils who moved in before the end of term absolutely love it. Everyone who steps inside is speechless at what has been achieved.

The building has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and has a number of sustainable features including rainwater harvesting, a storm water attenuation system, presence-controlled lighting and underfloor heating.

On the same site is a new specialist short break centre for families of children with disabilities, which was opened by the Paralympic medallist and TV presenter Ade Adepitan in May.

Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council’s lead member for children and families, said: “The new building is simply spectacular. Children with complex learning difficulties and severe disabilities are richly valued members of our community.

“The new building shows our determination to give them the best possible start in life.”


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