Over the summer break volunteers from Eli Lilly and Company Limited visited Heathermount School to create a sensory garden for the students to return to in the new term. Sensory gardens are ideal for students as they create multi-sensory experiences and a calming environment.

The sensory garden includes a pergola with coloured glass panels which creates different light effects, a herb garden which enables students to experience smells and textures, and a calming water fountain. There is also an interactive chime instrument for the students to play. School Business Manager, Louise Etheridge said:

We would like to thank Lilly and all the volunteers who helped to create the wonderful garden for Heathermount students. Also, a big thank you to Fraser from Robert Straver Ltd, who planned and organised the volunteers to build the pergola.

At Heathermount all students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.

Our person centred approach is critical to the success of every one of our students, and there is a strong commitment to a positive and progressive school experience. The key to success for students lies within our capacity to individualise the learning experience around the young person's strengths and autistic needs.

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