Official opening of The Hive

November 27 2018

Claremont School’s new Post 16 centre - The Hive - was officially opened by Bristol West MP Darren Jones on 16 November.

 A gathering of students, parents, staff and local dignitaries all cheered as Darren cut the entrance ribbon and declared the building open.

 Work started in May at The Hive and has consisted of extending and converting pre-existing buildings at Claremont School’s Primary site in Henleaze. Students transferred from their previous site at Redland Green in September so that they have easier access to the community in Henleaze and bus routes in town, something that helps with independence as students get older.

 Students at the site come from all areas of Bristol and have complex medical needs such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Progress for pupils is measured by a focus on communication, cognition, social and emotional health. 

 Steve Cocks, Claremont School Governor, says: “It’s a home for the mature students. Being here gives them a chance to experience more life skills. They can go into the shops and cafes on Henleaze Road, go shopping at Tesco and it’s a flat area so they can easily get out and about. It’s a home that they can call their own and an environment where they can learn more about life.” 

The new unit has space for about 20 pupils, many of whom use wheelchairs. When the building was redesigned the doorways were made wider and the areas improved by adding full turning circles and space to recharge wheelchairs. 

 To mark the day wildflower seed bombs were thrown by one and all, and students held a reception with delicious cupcakes and drinks.