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Official opening for Gibside School

Gibside school official opening

Photo - The Baroness Grey-Thompson unveils the official opening plaque at Gibside School

Gibside School has been officially opened by one of Britain's greatest Paralympians, The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The new Gibside School welcomed students in February following the move from their premises in Whickham and Blaydon. The school can accommodate 170 pupils who have profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as those with complex communication, Autism and medical needs. Built by Wates Construction Group the school has been designed to give SEN pupils in Gateshead, aged 3-11, an outstanding start in education.

The bespoke one-storey building includes a hydrotherapy pool with hoists, a dining and assembly hall, sports hall, an internal courtyard, a Multi-Use Games Area with gym equipment, immersion, eye-muse, sensory and soft play rooms, specialist changing facilities and therapy areas.

The Baroness Grey-Thompson, who became a member of the House of Lords in 2010 and has spoken on a number of issues including disability rights, welfare reform, youth development and sport, said "I'm honoured to be able to officially open Gibside School and I think it's fantastic that Gateshead Council have invested in such a great facility to cater for pupils with a wide range of learning needs and disabilities. This school will be an amazing resource for the community which will make a huge difference to the lives of their pupils and their families."

Councillor Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Gateshead Council, said "We're delighted that The Baroness Grey-Thompson is able to join us for this special occasion as we're incredibly proud of the new state-of-the-art Gibside School, which will give so many opportunities to all of it's pupils. We have an increasing need for specialist education places in Gateshead and Gibside School will ensure an outstanding start in education for children in the borough."

Gibside school official opening
28 June 2021

Photo - The Baroness Grey-Thompson unveils the official opening plaque at Gibside School

Gibside School has been officially opened by one of Britain's greatest Paralympians, The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The new Gibside School welcomed students in February following the move from their premises in Whickham and Blaydon. The school can accommodate 170 pupils who have profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as those with complex communication, Autism and medical needs. Built by Wates Construction Group the school has been designed to give SEN pupils in Gateshead, aged 3-11, an outstanding start in education.

The bespoke one-storey building includes a hydrotherapy pool with hoists, a dining and assembly hall, sports hall, an internal courtyard, a Multi-Use Games Area with gym equipment, immersion, eye-muse, sensory and soft play rooms, specialist changing facilities and therapy areas.

The Baroness Grey-Thompson, who became a member of the House of Lords in 2010 and has spoken on a number of issues including disability rights, welfare reform, youth development and sport, said "I'm honoured to be able to officially open Gibside School and I think it's fantastic that Gateshead Council have invested in such a great facility to cater for pupils with a wide range of learning needs and disabilities. This school will be an amazing resource for the community which will make a huge difference to the lives of their pupils and their families."

Councillor Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Gateshead Council, said "We're delighted that The Baroness Grey-Thompson is able to join us for this special occasion as we're incredibly proud of the new state-of-the-art Gibside School, which will give so many opportunities to all of it's pupils. We have an increasing need for specialist education places in Gateshead and Gibside School will ensure an outstanding start in education for children in the borough."

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