The BBC 5 Live radio station visited Sunfield last week to pre-record an interview with pupils and staff, to be aired on World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April 2015.
The segment focused on the after-school club run jointly by Sunfield and Hagley Roman Catholic School. The weekly club, which takes place on a Wednesday afternoon, involves a small group of students from both schools, with activities being created and led by the students. The club members have a free space within the Sunfield grounds and buildings; and often make use of the farm, sensory playgrounds, and the games and arts rooms.
The club is a chance for Sunfield students, who have complex needs such as autism, to engage with mainstream peers of a similar age. Not only do the children have fun and enjoy socialising together, the club also provides invaluable learning opportunities for everyone involved.
Caroline Bell, Sunfield’s Principal and Head of School said, “The Youth Club provides really precious opportunities for some of our students to spend time with mainstream peers in an environment where they already feel confident, so I’m really grateful to all the Hagley RC students and staff who are supporting them. They are learning and growing so much through their experiences. Seeing them interact so well makes me incredibly proud of all the staff and students involved and I hope that we can continue to build on this in the future.”