Brockenhurst College opens new specialist facilities

Brockenhurst College opens new specialist facilities

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Brockenhurst College officially opened two new specialist facilities yesterday.

The Lodge is a fully accessible domestic dwelling, where students with learning difficulties and differences can learn how to live independently; it will enable the teaching of crucial living skills to students who wish to move into the community. Students will be able to experience supervised, overnight stays to improve their independence. Now the building has been completed, students will get the opportunity to put some finishing touches to their space by choosing artwork, household fittings and decorations.

Elsewhere on the campus, the newly-extended Inspiration Room will provide quiet respite space, where vulnerable students will be able to study, work, chat, eat their lunch or simply have some reflective time.

Di Roberts, CBE, Principal commented: “I am delighted that the College will be offering these new facilities for our students from across the region. Brock is committed to providing the very best in education to all students and this is another step in fulfilling our aims”.

The facilities were officially opened by actor Guy Henry (a Brock Alumnus) who said “Brock was such an inspiration to me and a great stepping stone in my life – this facility will enable these students and progress in their lives too3. Brockenhurst students”.

Also in attendance were Councillor Maureen Holding and Keith Mans, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council who put forward the successful bid to the Government’s Education Funding Agency. Keith Mans said: “I’m proud to have played a part in launching this  is facility, which will engage and encourage these students as they take their steps to independence”. Cllr Holding also commented, “ Brock is a very special place and has always been dedicated to ensuring that all students have the best opportunities – this innovative facility is a first in this area and will have a terrific impact on our community”.

One of the students who will be using the Lodge and who attended the opening event said,” I love it here. It’s really warm and welcoming”.