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Students settling into the Jean Rees Centre at Chilton Trinity
Buy this photo » STAFF and students celebrate the opening of The Jean Rees Centre.
STUDENTS with special educational needs in Bridgwater have a smart new learning environment to enjoy.
September saw the opening of the Jean Rees Centre at Chilton Trinity School, for students aged 16 to 19 from the federated schools of Penrose and Elmwood.
The centre is in a refurbished building at the Chilton Trinity site, with the work funded by Somerset County Council as part of a larger project managed by Futures for Somerset.
A Futures for Somerset spokesman said: “The space is amazing, so much more than the students were used to.
“The Jean Rees Centre aims to create a positive learning environment where achievements are recognised and celebrated. Personalised programmes for all learners are developed and progress made to date is built upon; further developing independence skills and personal autonomy as young adults, helping them find their place in the wider community.
“The students love the space and helped with all the removals and unpacking. Less than two weeks later all have settled in and can been seen hard at work: making blueberry jam, washing up, using computers, using a system called TEEACH (structured teaching), playing the drums, and gardening.”
Argos provided and planted flowers for the front of the centre.
Other parts of the building are still to be developed, including soft play, a sensory room and landscaping.
Jean Rees, who was born in 1914 and died in 2004, was a founder member of the Chandos Society of Arts and chair of the society and the Bridgwater Arts Centre for many years.
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