Feritech Global has recently undertaken an exciting project for a local school as part of its commitment to helping the local community.

Stithians School is around two miles from Feritech’s Innovation Centre near Falmouth.

The school had identified that it would like to create a sensory room for pupils. Sensory rooms provide a safe and supportive space for neurodivergent students to escape the potentially overwhelming environment of a busy classroom.

Up until now, pupils who did not find it easy to socialise would sometimes seek out some isolation and quiet time, but this was hard to find within the existing school layout.

Although of particular benefit to pupils who are neurodivergent, it was recognised that the opportunity to retreat to a sensory room occasionally could potentially help nurture the wellbeing of all pupils.

The team at Feritech rose to the challenge and created a new dedicated sensory area out of three 20 feet container units.

General manager, Mark Smith, explained: “We transformed the containers into a sensory room, as well as providing extra storage and a cloakroom. All the containers were fully clad in wood, so they were made to look very attractive and blend with their surroundings.

“The containers have been arranged around a paved courtyard where we have planted shrubs and flowering plants. We have also placed bedding baskets on top of the containers for wild flowers. So, the whole area is now a natural haven that appeals to all the senses.

“Inside the sensory room, the pupils are surrounded by relaxing colours and can unwind on large floor cushions and bean bags. There are also soft toys and drawing equipment available to the children, so the environment is as comfortable and soothing as possible. This enhances their overall sense of wellbeing and supports their learning.

“This is now a superb new asset for the school.”

The new facility was officially opened at an open day and ribbon-cutting, attended by staff, parents and pupils.