Council hope to provide 21 places for children with learning difficulties
in the form of a new resource centre at Linden Lodge
Plans to build a new resource base at Linden Lodge School could provide up to 21 places for young people aged 11-18 with profound and multiple learning difficulties who currently attend Paddock School.
accommodation would provide large classrooms, a therapy area and sensory
provision as well as full access to the eide range of specialist teaching
at Linden Lodge.
also provides currently for pupils aged 3 to 19 with learning disabilities
and a wide range of additional needs. The school needs extra space and
improved classroom facilities if it is to continue meeting all its children's
needs, in particular the increasing number with learning
New investment at Linden Lodge would enable the council to offer improved facilities here for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties currently at Paddock.
Linden Lodge School in Southfields educates visually impaired children from across the South East. It has just launched a building programme which includes a new multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool. The school has its own sensory garden
new facilities are complete in autumn 2005 the school will be fully accessible
with much-enhanced facilities for children with more complex needs. The
changes already in progress at Linden Lodge would help it develop the
expertise to offer high quality provision for children coming from Paddock
as well as those already at the school. A number of children at the two
By freeing up space at Paddock the council would also be able to upgrade facilities at the school for the group of children remaining.
Cabinet member for education Malcolm Grimston said:
"The current £3.8m programme of investment at Linden Lodge will ensure the school has some of the best facilities in the country for children with a complex mix of special needs.These include facilities which could never be fitted on the restricted Paddock site. We hope that parents at both schools will be excited by the opportunities these changes offer their children."
There are currently eight Wandsworth children with profound and multiple learning difficulties at Paddock with 16 in the primary phase at Greenmead School. Because numbers are increasing at Greenmead this is leading to a demand for extra places at secondary level.
Consultation on the proposals will continue until May 14 and include meetings for parents at Paddock, Greenmead and Linden Lodge. The final decision is expected by December 2004.
If the move to Linden Lodge were approved this would be timed to allow for the current building works to complete as well as construction of the new resource base.
March 24, 2004