Sir Trevor Brooking presents sensory room to Chelmsford youngsters
West Ham United and England legend Sir Trevor Brooking was in Chelmsford, Essex, yesterday to officially open a new multi-sensory room for staff and pupils at Columbus School and College on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners.
Columbus School and College is a school for pupils aged between 3 and 19 years of age with severe and complex learning difficulties. In addition to their learning difficulties the pupils may have a range of secondary or additional needs of varying complexity, such as autism, sensory needs, physical disabilities or communication difficulties.
Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating variety of lights, sounds and textures, which help children with physical and learning disabilities to engage in a learning environment that suits their educational needs. The new equipment will help pupils to develop communication and physical skills and gain a boost confidence. It will also improve the children’s physical and mental health, while helping them develop emotional responses and improve basic literacy and numeracy skills.
The installation of the new facility has been made possible thanks to the support of Laser Electrical, whose staff have helped to raise over £8,000 towards the funding of the project by taking on a number of fundraising challenges throughout 2017. This included 13 members of staff taking on a London to Southend bike ride (52 miles), a race night at Chelmsford City racecourse and a 12k nuclear rush race.
Tom Jackson-Owens, Acting Principal, Columbus School and College, said: “This new sensory equipment will help us give our pupils the best chance to learn simple skills in language and communication, choice making and cause and effect. The pupils will also benefit from a wide range of experiences in the sensory room that will help them prepare for their future lives. This will make a big difference to the pupils at Columbus and will enable staff to give pupils the best opportunities possible to enjoy their learning. Thank you to the Lord’s Taverners and Laser Electrical for making the installation of this new facility possible.”