Sensory launch

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College student Shelby Grainger-Daighton (left) enjoying the lights in the sensory room with classroom assistant Kate Coggin and Alan Wright (the lord taverners) who opend the sensory room.
Catcote School Business and Enterprise College student Shelby Grainger-Daighton (left) enjoying the lights in the sensory room with classroom assistant Kate Coggin and Alan Wright (the lord taverners) who opend the sensory room.

YOUNGSTERS in Hartlepool are benefitting from a new sensory room opened at their school after a generous £6,000 donation.

Staff at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, say they are delighted with the new sensory room inside their school which has proved a big hit with the students.

The £6,000 donation from the Lord’s Taverners has made the new sensory room possible and Mail columnist Alan Wright visited the school to represent Lord’s Taverners at the official launch.

Tracy Lee, head of ICT and fundraising at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, said: “We were absolutely delighted that the sensory room was made possible thanks to the donation from the Lord’s Taverners.

“Alan Wright visited the school and we were really pleased the application was successful so that we were able to create the room.

“We just want to say a big thank you really because it is proving really popular with the children.

“They are really focused and enjoying all that the sensory room has to offer.”

The room is mainly used by children in Class 6 but youngsters from across the school can go and take advantage of the room, which has switches, controls, tunnels and strings of lights.

All of the equipment is aimed at improving the children’s communication by using the sensory equipment and means they are in control of switching the lights on.

Barry Currell, from Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, said: “Tracy works hard to organise funds for the school for various projects.”

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College is a secondary, co-educational special school for 111 learners with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Some of the youngsters may also have autism spectrum disorder or additional sensory and physical impairments, language and communication difficulties while others may present some challenging behaviours.