STUDENTS who need extra help with their learning have seen an outside area of their school transformed.
Pupils from the Jigsaw scheme at Brune Park School, in Gosport, officially opened their own sensory garden where they can learn and relax when school gets stressful.
It is great knowing we have helped the students and given them a great learning areaVolunteer Beth Williams
The garden has flowers, a gazebo, picnic benches and a colourful shed full of comfy cushions and bean-bags.
Volunteers from a range of organisations helped by donating paint, flowers and soil.
One of the main helpers to transform the garden was Zurich Community Trust.
For the students from the school’s Jigsaw scheme, it is a welcome addition.
They follow a different curriculum from the main school which helps with their English and Maths. Their classes are smaller and there are more teachers to help with their learning.
The aim of the scheme is to get them to a level where they can join the main school.
Year 9 student Courtney Bartlett, 14, said: ‘It was great planting the flowers and painting the shed for us to have the nice area.
‘It is good to have the garden available.’
Fellow Year 9 student Elisha Birchall added: ‘The chill out shed is a good idea for when we get stressed. We can just go in there and relax.’
Parents and the volunteers joined staff and the students in officially opening the garden.
It showed off the hard work put in by the pupils and their ideas for the area.
Headteacher Richard Kelly said: ‘Before we had this garden, the students had a couple of sheds leaning at an angle and a greenhouse which wasn’t used.
‘Now we have planted willow trees which, when fully grown, will make an outdoor learning space and we have transformed the shed to a nice area.
‘But now it has been transformed and it is a great achievement by everyone.’
Volunteers spent the day painting and setting up the garden.
Beth Williams, who helped on the day and saw the finished garden, said: ‘It is great knowing we have helped the students and given them a great learning area.’