Friends of Greenfield was set up in 2009 to raise money for a new minibus. Due to determination and hard work by staff we were able to purchase two! As a result of our success we became a registered charity in 2014 and have raised approximately £320,000. This money has enabled us to provide extra provision and equipment which cannot be provided by the Local Education Authority for our school.
Greenfield school is situated on the southern outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil, we are the only special needs school in the authority. We make provision for a wide range of special needs. At the moment we have one hundred and sixty nine children from the age of three up to nineteen. Since the school opened fifty two years ago there has been many changes to special educational. It is an old school with beautiful grounds which can be developed into a wonderful learning environment
Our aim is to develop an area within the school grounds so that learning can take place outside the classroom. Learning in an outdoor environment has been proven to improve and enhance the skills and behavior of SEN children. especially those who struggle or have difficulty with learning in a structured school atmosphere. The area needs work to ensure that every pupil can access outdoor provision, for example a path that will lead to different areas of learning. This will enable our pupils in wheelchairs, pupils who use walking frames, crutches etc, to access all the areas. We intend to have different areas of learning which will include a sensory area, a literacy and numeracy section, a forest schools area and a physical development area. We also need to provide covered areas to protect against the elements and where pupils with ASD can sit when they need quiet time. At the moment our PMLD pupils are restricted and limited to what they can access within the school. In terms of the new curriculum, outdoor learning is the main focus, which we need to ensure that this is accessible to all children regardless of their mobility. Without this provision these children will be discriminated against. It is important for all children to experience therapeutic, visual and sensory stimulation which is not always possible or accessible through the classroom.
The purpose of our project is implementing a new initiative which will enable our pupils with profound and complex difficulties to access the MOVE program alongside our other pupils. This is an activity based program which teaches functional skills such as developing their gross motor skills. They will be able to access learning outside which will prove accessible, interesting and motivating learning opportunities and experiences. This in turn will improve their quality of life and support them in gaining independent movement. Due to the needs of the children many parents find it challenging to take them to the green outdoors which is essential for wellbeing. Having theses facilities at the school would have a positive impact on their quality of life and their development.
The money raised would purchase high quality, durable apparatus tailored for our pupils needs.