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New SEN Jewish school to open on Norwood therapy centre site

Gesher Primary School will open its doors in September 2017 to children with Special Educational Needs

A school catering for Jewish children with special educational needs is to open in September on the site of a former Norwood Therapy Centre.

Gesher Primary School, a specialist learning environment for children with language, communication and social pragmatic difficulties, confirmed the news in what organisers described as a “milestone week”.

Governor Ruth Swanton said: “We are thrilled to be able to officially announce that we have a home for the duration of the build of our permanent site at Sinai School. This will be in The Hope Centre building in Willesden Green.”

She added: “Norwood has been incredibly supportive of us from the start and we truly touched be offered this exciting fit for purpose dynamic property by them.”

Gesher will support children with conditions associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those with language difficulties, and will employ a specialist in autism spectrum challenges (ASC).

Swanton said the Hope Therapy Centre “has much to offer us, including a sensory integration area, small therapy rooms classroom spaces and much more”.

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