Countess of Wessex visits Henshaws Specialist College

The Countess was given a tour of the College by Principal Adrian Sugden and students Nathan and Holly, seeing students, all whom have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in some of the variety of activities designed to help them reach their potential.

Weaving in the art class

She saw some of the artwork produced by students before trying her hand at weaving. A visit to the food technology area saw students producing cakes and biscuits, while in the media centre. The Countess learned more about the College’s Young Enterprise activity, she saw students creating electronic games for other students and visited the recording studio.

The Countess of Wessex in a weaving art class with staff and students at Henshaws Specialist College
Countess with college student outside the college.

Support for students with profound and multiple learning disabilities

Next came a look at some of the specialist areas created by the College for students with autism and profound and multiple learning disabilities, including one of the sensory rooms and the sensory garden, and met students using the spaces.

In the Health, Fitness and Leisure centre, The Countess saw how trampolining and swimming were used in physiotherapy sessions.

She met donors and volunteers, before unveiling a plaque to mark her visit helped by student Sarah.

Adrian Sugden said: “We had a fantastic morning and it was great to be able to show The Countess some of the many ways we work with students to help them to build confidence and develop independence.”

Student Sarah said: “Meeting The Countess was a dream come true.”

The Countess was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Johanna Ropner and guests at the visit included the Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Stuart Martin, and Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Doreen Lee.

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