Portfield Primary School based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, is a day school providing education for 147 pupils, aged 3 to 19.
The pupils who attend have a wide range of complex needs, many of which can impact on their learning. These encompass challenges including mild to severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning needs, complex needs including autistic spectrum condition, associated behavioural issues, sensory impairment, social difficulties, and speech and language disorders.
The school applied for a grant from Experia’s charity partner Lord’s Taverners who in turn received support from BT. These grants provide funding for young people to develop their skills with organised sports days and fundraising activities. With a generous £25,000 grant the staff at Portfield Primary School were able to invest in a state-of-the-art sensory room developed by our in-house team to meet the complex and diverse needs of pupils at the school.
The Sensory Room is based on Experia’s flagship M.I.LE Room and features the following innovative and interactive equipment:
- MiLE Sensory Area: to give a calm controlled environment (children have control of colours and themes)
- IRiS Bubble Tube: to provide the room with mesmerising and calming effects
- Fibre Optics: to give visual effects whilst being tactile and safe to touch
- LED Projector: to project a range of images with a customisable selection of effects wheels
- Infinity Tunnels: to give visual effects ideal for social interaction and colour recognition
- Vibro Plinths and Sound System: to provide audio and vibration to assist with MiLE Scenarios effects and development
Sue Painter, Headteacher at Portfield School, said:
“Portfield School were impressed with the care and commitment that Experia displayed when designing and developing our sensory room. Experia listened carefully to staff to ensure that the design enabled our aims to be achieved with equipment that can engage, motivate and challenge children in new and exciting ways. Pupils will be able to develop their communication, independence and physical skills in a fun and creative environment. Experia also provided excellent training for staff and ensured all equipment was fully functioning before they left the site. Well done Experia!”
Peter Saunders, Managing Director at Experia, said:
“I’m proud of Experia being part of another brilliant sensory project, all made possible by Lord’s Taverners and BT’s generous funding. It gives me great pleasure knowing that our sensory specialists and designers have had such a positive influence in helping the children develop their communication, basic numeracy and literacy skills and emotional and social responses.”
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The Experia Team