Primary school creates 'sensory lodge' for pupils who need calm in Milton Keynes

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A school has created a special sensory lodge with the help of a local housebuilder.

Newton Leys Primary School will use the facility to support children with a range of needs, including autism,

language delay and sensory processing difficulties.

It will give them a a quiet, calm environment that will offer a variety of sensory experiences.

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The sensory lodgeThe sensory lodge
The sensory lodge

Milton Keynes based housing developer Taylor Wimpey South Midlands gave a a £500 donation towards the equipment.

Headteacher Pippa Villa said: “We have a number of children attending the school that have language communication difficulties with a number of these on the autistic spectrum. We have used the donation to buy equipment such as a multi-sensory light kit which is a wonderful resource that promotes active engagement and improves perceptual skills like tracking and scanning."

She added: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for helping us to create a safe space where the children can

go when life is getting too much for them.”

Taylor Wimpey has used the money raised on their Willow Lake development’s fishing lake to support local community projects.

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Andy Graves, sales executive at the development, said: “We have a lake at the development and a number of years ago the idea was to restock the waters with fish which would entice people to visit and fish in the lake. We have been able to use the money raised at the lake to give back to the local community and I am just so happy we’ve been able to support the sensory lodge at Newton Leys Primary School.”