A time capsule was buried at Queen’s Manor Primary School to celebrate work beginning on H&F’s new centre for Disabled children and young people.
The new centre is being built at the school in Queensmill Road, Fulham, but will be open to all H&F families. While Queen’s Manor Primary School’s own support unit for pupils with special educational needs will be rebuilt and landscaping will be carried out around the school.
The £6million project is being funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
A celebration was held on Saturday (17 June) and was the highlight of Queen’s Manor’s annual summer fair.
“There was a lot of excitement on the day about the plans and the state-of-the-art support the two new centres will provide to families and young people,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“Helping families thrive is at the heart of everything we do in H&F. Together with parents, carers and teachers, we’ve designed a centre which will help do just that.”
Pupils helped pick the contents of the time capsule which included the day’s papers, the school’s uniform and syllabus, popular children’s books, a picture of the queen and a fidget spinner.
It was buried on the Queen’s Manor site, home to the two exciting new developments. The Disabled Children’s Resource Centre will be open seven days a week, including evenings and weekends. The centre will be a space for all children and young people with disabilities to safely play, as well as a key support for parents in need of information and advice.
“We’re really excited about both the centre and the SEN unit,” said Claudine Schapper whose nine-year-old son attends Queen’s Manor.
“It’s really helpful that it’s on the school’s premises. My son has autism so at the moment he can’t always join in with after school activities.
“I know parents would jump at the chance to have this new service. One parent I spoke to was reconsidering her decision to move abroad because of it.
“I think it will really improve our lives.”
The excitement was echoed by Sonja Harrison, headteacher of Queen’s Manor.
“I’m delighted work has begun on these two fantastic new centres,” she said.
“Young people and their families have been involved in the whole process and I know it will really make a difference to their lives.”