A private school which caters to pupils with “mixed learning” abilities is banking on public assistance to build a comfortable learning environment.
Jones Private Primary School, which has roll of 41 students ages 3 – 11, began an expansion programme over a decade ago in a bid to accommodate the growing number of children who require its specialized form of education.
However, the 54-year-old institution, whose student population includes autistic children, has found the going tough.
“We do have a few children who come to us that have first level autism . . . we cater to children with mixed learning abilities,” Valarie Goodman, Deputy Principal of the Durant’s, Christ Church school said.
“A long time we’ve been working on this back [the extension of the school]. Over ten years we have been trying to finish the area . . . we have to do it off of fundraising.”
At the start of the new school term the building was still in need of flooring and plastering and the ceiling also needed to be sealed.
“We have to fix the ceiling first; we cannot have the children using the area per say because it would leak” said Goodman.
The school housed 160 students at its Cane Vale location in its early years. (KK)