Mendip School Opening
24 May 2017
On Wednesday 17th May, The Mendip School was officially opened by Michael Eavis CBE. The school is a brand new special school for 120 pupils with autism aged 4 to 19, located on the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallett. Over 200 people attended the event which showcased the tremendous facilities on offer to pupils.
Staff, parents and invited guests were given a tour of the school by pupils, and served coffee and cake in a marquee on the playing field. Unfortunately it was a day for anoraks and umbrellas as the heavens opened, and rather curtailed the panoramic views of the open countryside. The real star of the show was a magnificent horse, from Divoky Riding School, saddled up and ready to ride, but unfortunately, due to the weather there were no takers.
Most new schools start with a small intake and gradually build to fill the space available. In its first year after completion The Mendip School has more than half of the 120 pupils the school was designed for, and has already developed a tremendous reputation. The school already has plans for a new swimming pool on the site, for which they are working hard to raise the funds. This will also be available for the local community to use.
David Kent and Andrew Batty attended the event on behalf of DKA and were delighted to find the building had been so well received by pupils and staff alike. It was a very enjoyable day and we are sure the school will provide the best start in life for many children in the area.