Cherry Garden School, for children with profound learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders — rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted — has opened its new site in Peckham.
Its larger premises is more central in Southwark – it was formerly based in Bermondsey – and allows an increase in capacity to 75 places, plus a 10-place nursery and an eight-place satellite class.
The architect Hawkins Brown designed a bright and simple building, with clear layout, and specialist multi-sensory environment with a hydropool, sensory room, soft play rooms, trampoline room, two playgrounds, a sensory outdoor area and large play deck.
Headteacher Teresa Neary said: “The children have always been pretty happy, but they are so much calmer in this building. They are really enjoying the space and visual clarity of the building. There is amazing natural light. The staff love the staff terrace. It’s just a beautiful building in so many ways.”
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