New Mundesley building helps youngsters return to their school

James Joyce

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A new building for children with special educational needs will be officially opened in north Norfolk today.

The specialist resource base at Mundesley Infant School has been transformed to support up to 10 children aged four to seven who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Norfolk County Council has invested £210,000 in updating the unit which was opened three years ago.

Children are referred to the county's 30 SRBs by their regular school and, if appropriate, they are supported to return to those schools when they are ready.

Head teacher at the school Barbara Sudlow said the base helped nurture children with very specific needs to return to their mainstream school.

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'We have already had considerable success but our building really needed updating so that it could provide the very best environment for the children.

'We are thrilled to have a new building that has been designed specifically with these children in mind and we're confident that it will aid our fantastic staff in providing the very best care for the children,' she added.

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Norfolk County Council's children's services committee chairman James Joyce said: 'Wherever possible, we want to ensure that children with special educational needs can be taught close to their homes and within mainstream education.

'Specialist resource bases support children with a range of needs, including behaviour, autism and learning difficulties – giving children and young people opportunities to be part of a mainstream school with very specialist support.

'Mundesley Infant School has already had considerable success in helping very young children to develop the skills they need to return to mainstream education and I am sure even more children will thrive in the new base.'

The new Mundesley resource base building was created by Martin Reynolds Construction, installed by T Gill and designed by NPS Limited.

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