Sunfield School caters for students with complex learning difficulties and has gained an international reputation for its work with children on the severe end of the autistic spectrum. The whole architecture of its new school building was designed from the outset to be autism-friendly, and for school furniture to complement this approach the school turned to Tough Furniture. After years of using it in their residential accommodation, they knew that “It does what it says on the packet!”
More than this, school staff were pleased to find a supplier who could design and make exactly what they needed on a budget that gave very good value. The company’s problem-solving design skills were partnered with the hard-won experience of teachers and staff to create a new type of school furniture that actively contributes to an enhanced special education learning environment, benefiting all concerned.
Individual workstations have carefully configured screening to create distraction-free areas. Their proportions can be varied for the flexibility to suit varying sizes of student, and they can be fitted out for a range of purposes – perhaps shelving to suit the TEACCH method or a computer unit with the hardware securely locked away and the monitor protected by the strength and safety of a polycarbonate screen.
Tables are also heavy-duty but flexible too, proportioned in size so that numerous different shaped layouts can be created, including a U-shape which is very popular with PECS practitioners. This keynote flexibility within the classroom is also enhanced by modular freestanding screens, which can be easily repositioned to make useful sub-divisions to the room, perhaps for play or chill out areas. They’re also faced with a sound-attenuating fabric which helps improve the acoustic environment and can still be used for display purposes too.
Sunfield School discovered that Tough Furniture’s custom design and manufacturing service was both affordable and good value, and it allowed them to specify exactly what they wanted in detail, right down to the choice of school furniture colour to blend with the low arousal decor of the building and to the type of starkey locks fitted to co-ordinate with all other areas of the site.
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