A NEW specialist learning facility to help children with additional needs is being piloted in west Penwith.
‘Kites@Cape’ was unveiled at Cape Cornwall School, St Just, this month and looks to provide provision and tailored education for students between nine and 16.
Funded by the local authority, the resource base will serve the local area and is the first of its kind to be set up in the county.
Headteacher of the main school Julie Nash was proud Cape Cornwall was selected for the project, adding the centre will work in tandem with the school, focusing on nurturing children from across west Penwith who need extra care.
“We are so very proud that we were selected to host this incredible provision.
“The students have settled very well, plus we have lots of students who have seen the facility, what it offers and have volunteered their time to be ambassadors for the team in there.
“We are very privileged indeed.”
The unit is staffed by assistant headteacher Sarah Hamshaw and Amanda Wood, a higher level teaching assistant.
It is also supported by other members of the school’s team, as well as older pupils who act as role models for younger members.
Mrs Hamshaw commented: “I think Kites@Cape is in the best school in the country.
“Students who joined us when we opened in September are happy and thriving; they are an asset to our school and very much part of all that the school, and all in it, stand for.
“I am very proud of our students and of our tirelessly enthusiastic team of staff.”
Currently open to four pupils, with 2014 set to see numbers double, Kites@Cape features two main classrooms, a therapy room, a kitchen, a reading den and a sensory area.
These all look to help with intervention in areas students may struggle or lack confidence in.
A sensory garden is also to come, with fundraising under way.
A cheque for £650 was recently presented by Councillors Sue James, Cornelius Olivier and Sue Nicholas.
There is an open day on Friday December 13 between 2.15 and 3.30pm.