An inspiring new school designed by leading Nottingham architects firm CPMG for children with cognition and learning difficulties and those with complex health needs has been officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.
Kemball School, in Stoke-on-Trent, incorporates a variety of stimulating and sensory learning environments including soft play rooms, a physiotherapy gym and a warm hydrotherapy pool which will also be available to the general public.
Built on the site of the former Blurton School Campus and co-located within the new Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, CPMG’s brief for the £11.5m building was to encourage a positive relationship between the two schools and to promote a sense of partnership between pupils, parents and professionals, whilst still operating as separate educational establishments.
The aim is to promote inclusion, achievement, flexibility and creativity, with all pupils (aged from 3-19 years) receiving specialist teaching and an individual education programme designed to meet their specific needs.
There is a large open plan foyer, 22 self-contained classrooms, specialist teaching areas, gym, pool, multifunctional hall, interview rooms, dining area, training room and an external sensory adventure playground.
The Duke of Gloucester was given a guided tour of the new building before officially unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.
Elizabeth Spooner, head teacher at Kemball School said:
“The project is a life changing experience for us all at Kemball, and it has been a pleasure working with CPMG. They interpreted our specific needs very well.”
Attending on behalf of CPMG was lead project architect, Samantha Worrall. She said:
“This was the first time we have had the chance to visit the school in operation, and it was wonderful to see the children and teachers enjoying their new facilities. It has been a pleasure to be involved in such a worthwhile and successful project.”