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Special needs school celebrate ‘topping-out’ ceremony

A state-of-the-art special educational needs school has taken another step toward completion when a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held to celebrate the last beam being placed at the highest structural point.

Livity School teachers and parents joined Lambeth Council’s building contractors, Mulalley & Co Ltd, and architects Haverstock Associates, to commemorate the milestone on Tuesday, December 6. The £10m investment will see the Livity School relocated from its current site in Mandrell Road, Brixton, to the new location in Adare Walk, Streatham.

The additional space will give the new school flexibility to cope with the changing needs of its pupils and provide improved facilities for children, parents, and staff. Designed by Haverstock Architects, the school will include a hydrotherapy pool, a physical interactive room, soft play room, as well as sensory and ICT rooms. The school will increase pupil intake from 66 to 90 pupils and provide an Early Years service to families with disabled children when building work is completed in July.

The building work is part of Lambeth Council’s Inclusion Strategy which is committed to expanding special education needs services to young people in the borough. The Livity School is the only primary school that caters for children with complex special educational needs in the borough.

Geraldine Lee, said:

“The new school is such a fantastic opportunity for this really important group of children with Severe Complex Needs and their families in the borough of Lambeth. It is going to provide state of the art specialist learning and I am delighted with the innovative design which incorporates the very best of our philosophy and concepts.”

Lambeth Council Cabinet for Children and Young People Service, Cllr Pete Robbins, added

“We are delighted that pupils and staff at the school will be provided with a top quality purpose built facility for some of our most vulnerable children. We are proud of the quality of education offered to all our children in Lambeth. But we are particularly proud of the special needs provision available to children at the Livity School – a service which will be enhanced even further once the new school is completed.”

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