Staff and pupils at Dawn House School welcome Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council

On 17th April, staff and pupils at I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire welcomed Councillor Keith Walker, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and his Consort, Mrs. Inga Walker to receive a tour of the school. The special school run by I CAN is for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The visit was prompted as Councillor Walker had previously attended the opening of an art exhibition at Thoresby Hall where the art work of two Further Education students had been selected for display and accepted the invitation for a visit from Angela Child, Dawn House School Principal.

Councillor Walker arrived at the school and met with members of the school council who were very interested to hear about Nottinghamshire County Council and the work of its elected members. Student Governors then conducted a guided tour of the school which included meeting pupils who were enjoying time in the sensory integration room with the Occupational Therapist and pupils working in small groups with Speech and Language Therapists. The tour also included drama, media and functional skills lessons.

Angela Child, Dawn House School Principal said, “We were thrilled to receive a visit from Councillor Keith Walker and his consort, Mrs. Inga Walker. Councillor Walker and Mrs. Walker were given a tour of the school and kindly presented the pupils at the end of the visit with a giant Easter egg!

“Our vehicle maintenance students were very impressed by Councillor Walker’s experience and expertise in their subject as he provided the group with some useful tips on how to carry out emergency repairs using eggs and potatoes!

“Thank you to Councillor Walker and his consort for taking the time to come and visit the work at Dawn House School with children and young people with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. We are looking forward to taking up Councillor Walker’s invitation for members of the student council to visit County Hall in the near future.”