The Learning Escape provide New Eco-classrooms for Special Needs Students at Cambian Groups Pengwern College

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As the population of school age children increases year on year, many schools are left struggling to find the extra space required to offer the specialist attention needed by their pupils with SEN or disabilities. The Learning Escape offer a bright, eco-friendly space as a contemporary solution to overcrowding, by designing uplifting eco-classrooms that are fully accessible for disabled children and those with SEN whilst serving their unique sets of needs.

Most cognitive experts agree that the learning environment has a significant impact upon a child’s ability to develop and learn, particularly those facing the additional challenges posed by a disability or SEN. The Learning Escape think carefully about acoustics, visual contrast and levels of stimuli through the use of light, colour, sound and texture in their SEN classrooms whilst interior layouts are flexible and highly versatile, allowing the creation of a variety of spaces to facilitate the teaching of social, practical and intellectual skills.

One of their most recent projects at the Cambian Pengwern College in North Wales, a local college for young people with learning disabilities, has been richly rewarding for all involved. The Cambian Group partnered with The Learning Escape to build a state of the art woodlands classroom area. The new fully-accessible buildings comprise 3 classrooms (named Onnen/Ash, Helygen/Willow and Ywen/Yew after trees in the woodland surrounding the site), a sensory room and changing area. Not only has the building been designed to cater for a variety of special educational needs and disabilities, but will also encourage educational exploration by reconnecting learners with nature.

Richard Harvey MD at TG Escapes said "This has been a thoroughly enjoyable project, especially as it's our first with The Cambian Group. We are proud to be supporting young people with learning disabilities as we know, from experience, that the students will find their Learning Escape to be an inspiring environment and a huge step change from their previous temporary classrooms. We are particularly pleased that the building will provide easy access to the outdoors and fantastic natural views because we know that connecting with nature has a huge impact on general health and well-being."

Tina Ruane, Principal at Cambian Pengwern College said “We’re thrilled to be able to provide our learners with such a great learning environment: we’ve been planning this for some time and it’s wonderful to see their reactions.”

Learners and staff invited Chris Ruane, Labour parliamentary candidate for the Vale of Clwyd and the Chair of Denbighshire County Council, Councillor Brian Blakeley to take part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 17th April.

Tutor Marie Nicastro recently commented about a room used for music classes;
​It has made such a difference being in a beautiful room that is warm, quiet and with the lovely view outside really appeals to all the senses! 

It’s such a calming environment and I have noticed that the students are much calmer and more engaged and they really like the structure of the room. Low stimulus really works for our Autistic learners.