On June 9th the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron officially opened Baston House School in Bromley.
The new centre, part of Hillcrest Autism Services, has been specially designed to help support children aged from 5-16 who are affected by an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), including Asperger Syndrome.
It is estimated that there are over 500,000 children and young adults affected by ASC. Existing educational facilities are often not suitable for those suffering from the condition and this can lead to pupils becoming isolated in the classroom, falling behind in their studies and in some cases to being the victim of bullying from other pupils who don’t understand the challenges their ASC peers face.
On visiting the groundbreaking facilities, Samantha Cameron said:
“I am delighted to open Baston House School. I have great admiration for Anna Kennedy’s determination to help people affected by autism and I’m pleased to celebrate this landmark opening with her.
“She was quite rightly named ‘Most Inspirational Woman of the Year’ by the Daily Mail in 2010 and I’m so pleased she has achieved her ambition of opening this school which stands as testament to her dedication to this important cause.”
During the visit, Samantha Cameron met some of the children who will be benefiting from the new facilities and toured the classrooms that have been designed to minimise the negative impact that sensory overload can have on the students and are highly visually structured.
Pupils have individual work bays to help them to learn to work independently and without distraction, and each pupil has an individualised reward system, tailored to motivate them.
She also met with some of the staff who will be supporting the students in their learning.
Also in attendance were 100 guests which included Baston House School’s Patron, Esther Rantzen and the Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Reg Adams and Directors of Hillcrest Care.
To find out more please visit: http://www.bastonhouseschool.org.uk/