Building works at North Beckton Primary School in Newham are set to complete in April 2020 and will see investment into the provision for profound and multiple learning disabilities
North Beckton Primary School has begun renovation works, which are set to redevelop the heart of the school and demonstrate a widespread commitment to increasing inclusivity.
Ongoing building works will see investment into the provision for PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). The school is working closely with the local borough to provide an inclusive curriculum and facilities.
The new design will ensure that North Beckton is fully accessible for all specialist needs, making the classrooms wheelchair friendly and providing specialist learning spaces for students requiring assistance.
The new unit will be made up of one large classroom and multiple feeder classrooms. There will also be a number of support facilities and equipment, including a sensory room, areas for physiotherapy, CAMHS, Place to Be counselling, Music Therapy.
Encompassing the school’s ethos of, “We All Belong”, the PMLD provision will be placed at the centre of the school, a strategic choice to ensure it’s at the heart of all activity. North Beckton is keen to illustrate its inclusivity practice, which forms part of Newham Council’s wider inclusivity policy.
Speaking of the expansion, Alison Helm, Headteacher at North Beckton Primary School, said: “We are committed to making our school a place where all students can thrive with their education in a positive, supportive environment.
“The recent building work is an expansion of our ongoing commitment to inclusivity, where we can make sure our students have the facilities they need to succeed. We’re confident that the space we are creating for PMLD students will be exceptional, so we can’t wait to unveil it.
“We have worked very closely with the London Borough of Newham’s local authority to deliver this innovative new learning space. We appreciate their continued support with the project and the new provision will have a positive impact on the local community.”
Newham Council cabinet member for education, Julianne Marriott said: “Joint projects with schools, like this one at North Beckton school, are a key part of Newham Council’s offer for children with special educational needs and disabilities, helping them stay in a mainstream school.
“We're really happy to be supporting the renovation works at North Beckton Primary School and I'm looking forward to visiting the new provision when it's finished.”
North Beckton became the fourth primary school within the Tapscott Learning Trust, which also comprises Curwen Primary and Nursery School, Ranelagh Primary School and Kensington Primary School.