Polden Bower School, which is located in Bower Lane, will receive its first pupils in June 2021. The school will cater to 160 pupils with complex needs. The opening of the school is in line with Somerset County Council program’s project to cater to children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.
The school will serve people with complex needs within the age range of 4 to 16 years. On the other hand, there will be 40 spots for people within the age range of 16 to 19 years at the already established Penrose School site.
The primary-aged children will start in June 2021, while the older ones will open in July 2021. The early reporting of the younger children is for them to familiarize themselves with their new environment before the new school year starts in September.
The school is designed with a warm water pool for physiotherapy. It also has a sensory room, a sports hall, and classrooms designed with the latest technology in mind. On top of that, the school has a café to help post-16 students gain vocational skills and help them engage with parents’ careers and the community.
According to the executive head teacher-Helen Farnell, they are excited about the handover mile and are thankful to all those who supported the project. She adds that the facility will transform young people. The Somerset County Council lead member for children’s services-Cllr Frances Nicholson, says that it is fantastic to have a significant project in Somerset.
Bristol architects AWW designed the school while Willmott Dixon was the contractor. According to Rob Woolcock, the director for Willmott Dixon in South West, the team experienced and conquered many challenges, such as the global pandemic, but has still managed to complete the project.
The school will offer therapeutic facilities to children with complex needs to support their development.