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Hazelwood case study

Murray, Gordon (2008) Hazelwood case study. [Report]

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Abstract

In August 2003, Glasgow City Council Education Services Committee issued a consultative document on the proposed establishment of a new school for children and young people aged 2-18 who have a profile of multiple disabilities and visual impairment or dual sensory impairment. Following the consultation process, the decision was taken in November 2003 to close Kelvin School, which specialised in dual sensory impairment, and Carnbooth School which specialised in multiple disabilities and visual impairment, and merge them into the new Hazelwood School to be located adjacent to Bellahouston Park. The design brief for the new school was drawn up in full consultation with the staff at Kelvin and Carnbooth, the school boards, parent bodies, Health Service and relevant voluntary groups. Pupils, staff, and parents voted and chose the name for the new amalgamated school. Hazelwood is considered to be Europe's most advanced school for children with multiple disabilities and sensory impairments, and the school also fulfils a national function, with one pupil travelling daily from as far afield as Lockerbie. The school is included as a case study as an innovative building that responds well to the diverse needs of the pupils.