GROVE PARK Special School near Crowborough celebrated the official opening of a new hydrotherapy pool on Monday.
A special educational needs school which caters for pupils with a whole range of physical and learning disabilities, Grove Park project-managed the build with £400k of funding from East Sussex County Council.
Building began last autumn and the school has been closely involved in its progress since the ceremonial ‘first dig’ by students in October.
Cllr Nick Bennett said: “I am very pleased to see this project come to fruition and the new pool open.
“It’s a fantastic facility and having the pool on site means pupils can easily access this special facility and enjoy many benefits that hydrotherapy has been proven to bring.
“Children can exercise and improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination by pushing against the resistance of the water but as the water also supports them they can practice mobility without the fear of falling.”
Grove Park School head Angie Wellman added: “Hydrotherapy enables staff and pupils to work closely together and develop relationships around trust and ‘fun’.
“Developing the ability to communicate is fundamental to our children and hydrotherapy encourages eye contact, turn taking, and anticipation among many other skills.
“For children with limited mobility, it gives them a unique opportunity to move freely and with whole body support. I would like to thank everyone from the community who offered support as well as those who worked on the project to make the new pool a reality.
“The school has raised over £50,000 to purchase specialist equipment and facilities for the pool. It will be available to people in the community with hydrotherapy needs for limited periods of time when the pool is not being used by the pupils.”