Hazelbrook Campus received planning approval by unanimous committee, the application was a detailed permission for a secondary SEN and outline permission for a primary school. One councillor called the project ‘first class’ and another touted the ‘exceptional’ design.
The scheme fills an vital need to deliver more special school places for children from Taunton and surrounding area. The existing school has reached capacity, and there is a simultaneous need to separate primary and secondary aged pupils into purpose-built, modern facilities.
To achieve this the current Selworthy School is being expanded. Once the expansion is complete, the existing school will become the dedicated primary SEN facility and the Hazelbrook Campus will provide places for 80-100 secondary school SEN pupils.
The scheme includes classrooms, dining/hall, sensory and therapy rooms, administration space, medical spaces, specialist teaching rooms, meeting rooms, storage, and staff room. In addition to valuable outdoor space including sensory gardens, habitat areas, MUGA and adventure playground.
The key to the success of this project was the extensive briefing process, led by AWW, ensuring all key stakeholders had a voice, including the school, parents and pupils.