Head teacher Kay Johnson has said pupils and staff are 'over the moon' at the long-awaited completion of their new school, the Village, in Grove Park, Kingsbury. Two thirds of the 235 pupils have moved into the school, which has been rebuilt as a centre of excellence for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in a £29 million project led by Brent Council. The purpose-built facilities will provide the best possible care and education for pupils aged two to 19 with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as activities and work-related learning for the local community. Ms Johnson said: "We're still unpacking but the pupils who moved in before the end of term absolutely love it. Everyone who steps inside is speechless at what has been achieved. Facilities include:
• a large performing arts centre with music, art and drama facilities
• a sports and assembly hall
• a MUGA multi-use games area and woodland walk
• therapy, sensory and calm rooms
• a hydrotherapy pool
• a cafe which pupils will help to run
• training and family workers' rooms.
Outdoor space has been maximised by using a major part of the flat roof for a sports and play area with a running track, play equipment and shaded areas on a rubber crumb deck.