The new facilities at the school on Hatton Road, Bedfont, is part of the council’s extensive expansion programme and part of its pledge to meet the demands of a growing number of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across the borough.
The £32m redevelopment of the school in Bedfont forms part of the council’s school expansion programme, to tackle the shortage of places for pupils with SEND, creating places for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Complex/Moderate Learning Difficulties.
To mark the opening of the school, Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE a paralympian peer unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of the school. Guests also included the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, Council officers, teachers, support staff, school governors, SEN therapists and pupils from the school and their parents and carers.
Following the unveiling of the plaque the pupils and staff celebrated with the school song, written by the pupils and accompanied by a 5 piece band of school staff. The song featured values that are core to the ethos of the school and to the pupils and staff, that is perseverance, kindness, tolerance and respect.
The school expansion programme has enabled the council to ensure bright futures for the children and young people of Hounslow by providing extra funding to local schools to improve standards, and to offer new school places to give parents a better choice.
Over the last four years, the school expansion programme has created a substantial number of school places including special, primary and secondary to meet demand as the local population continues to grow.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council said:
“The expansion programme is part of our investment in education – ensuring that there will be an even better choice of good and outstanding schools for local children.
“I am sure the staff and pupils are enjoying the new facilities and what is even better is that this outstanding facility will be valued and enjoyed by pupils and staff for years to come.”
The refurbishment and extension provides new modern facilities over the two floors for early years, primary and secondary aged pupils. The new school building includes state of the art teaching facilities, media, arts, music and science spaces, sensory rooms, therapy spaces, and fantastic grounds and outdoor spaces. 165 pupils attended the old school building but the new school can accommodate an additional 123 pupils.
Tracy Meredith, headteacher at Marjory Kinnon School said:
“The innovative and creative use of space has had a huge impact on making education accessible for pupils with significant barriers to their learning.
“It is a testimony to Hounslow Council that they have invested so much in special needs provision.
“We now have an amazing building to do the amazing things we have always strived to do.