Posted on 10 February 2017
Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson, got his hands dirty last week, making wild bird feeders with students at the recently opened Woodlands Centre at Merrist Wood College, in Worplesdon.
Over 100 people attended the opening, including students, parents and teaching staff, as well as the building’s architects and construction contractor; local schools and charities and representatives from Worplesdon Parish Council, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council.
The new Woodlands Centre at Merrist Wood College provides a safe and secure learning environment for up to 64 students with severe and complex learning, social and communication difficulties. Within the Woodlands Centre there are a variety of facilities for students to access, including a state-of-the-art sensory room, therapy room, meal preparation kitchen and sensory garden. Each classroom also has its own garden areas and students at the centre have already adopted fish, guinea pigs, a cat and two rescue chickens from the animal collection at Merrist Wood College.
Principal and CEO of Merrist Wood College, Peter Brammall said “The Woodlands Centre is a unique facility within the local area, allowing learners with severe and complex learning difficulties to be close to home, whilst also offering a curriculum that includes the specialist land-based subjects that Merrist Wood College is known for. We are so proud of this new centre and the hard work that our staff are putting in, to enable our students to thrive in such a new environment.”
Anyone interested in visiting The Woodlands Centre, for a tour of the facilities, is invited to contact the Lead Tutor, Lisa Robertson on Tel: 01483 88 85 86.