Principal thrilled with new Blossom House School Facilities
The relocation of Blossom House, a specialist independent day school for children from age 3 to 19 years with speech, language and communication difficulties, to its new facilities in a refurbished 1990’s office building in Merton has been completed.
The school provides full-time education for those children who continue to require an integrated programme of learning in a caring and highly supportive environment, following the National Curriculum specially adapted to meet the individual needs of pupils.
The existing office building and industrial warehouse unit have been maintained and remodelled for the school to use, with the existing office building adapted to classroom usage with suitable ceiling heights and generous windows.
The industrial warehouse unit has been adapted to a stand-alone multi-purpose sports hall/performance space, also offering out-of-hours access for community use.External works involved replacing existing car park areas with new soft landscaping and planting, including nature areas and trails, to create a range of spaces of different sizes and characters to respond to the needs of different age groups across the school.
The school currently has capacity of 160 pupils and 100 staff with numbers expected to gradually increase over a 6-7 year period by additional intakes each year and an anticipated future capacity of up to 300 pupils and 180 staff, with the specialist nature of the school involving a high staff to pupil ratio to deliver the care and support required.
“The refurbishment of approximately 60,000sq ft, is huge for us and, in spite of the usual challenges, is very exciting. I am thrilled to see how this fantastic new school building has come together so that we can continue our work with our very special pupils.” Joanna Burgess, Principal