Parent liaison Nicky Jones and head teacher Claire Moore in the room that needed the blinds.

Help school finish project

Children at a special school in Spalding won’t be able to move into their brand new classrooms until money is found for new blinds.

A major building project at The Garth School has seen the addition of five new classrooms which are all but ready to welcome pupils.

But the cost of new blinds has not been covered by the scheme and head teacher Claire Moore says the children cannot move in without them being in place.

“We have to have blinds because of the needs of our children. I am not happy that the decision was made to take the cost out of the scheme because we cannot use the new rooms without them,” she said.

The school’s friends organisation has already raised more than £28,000 to create a multi-sensory room when the children move out of their current classrooms, and Mrs Moore said she didn’t want the hard-won money to be spent on blinds.

“The sensory room will make a huge difference to the children. It will be an unbelievable difference for their interaction and wellbeing,” she said.

So the school, which caters for children with a variety of complex needs, is asking local businesses to help.

“We really need some help with this. Perhaps a few local companies could get together and help cover the cost for us,” said Mrs Moore.

The school also doesn’t have enough chairs for staff and needs help to buy a dozen new ones and a two-seater sofa for a family liaison room. They also need industrial mats for each classroom so pupils can enjoy ‘messy play’ without damaging the new carpets.

If anyone can help with any of the soft furnishing it needs, contact 01775 725566 from November 2.

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