Dysart School has opened Apollo 2, its second satellite site in a newly refurbished building on Latchmere Road next to the primary school there. The aim of the satellite site is to allow Dysart children to experience some opportunities alongside their mainstream peers, such as shared lunch times and other activities. However the children have their own separate base which acts as a safe environment where they can learn at their own pace without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of a mainstream school.
Leigh Edser, Principal of Dysart School, said: “Building on the success of our first satellite site, we were pleased to open Dysart’s second satellite provision for Key Stage 2, Apollo 2, this year next to Latchmere Primary School. The additional site will operate in harmony with Apollo 1 and will cater for up to a total of 16 Key Stage 2 places to ensure that children with additional needs can be educated in the community in which they live.”
Apollo 1 was opened in the former School Lane Community Centre in Tolworth two years ago and the newly opened Apollo 2 site provides a base for children in Key Stage 2. The children stay connected with the Dysart main site with a sessions during the week for swimming and other activities.
Pupils at the new Apollo 2 site celebrated the grand opening of their new school building by showing their families around. They gave it an overwhelming thumbs up.
One parent, who’s child had come from Dysart main site, said it was a really positive move: “The pupil group is really good for my daughter who is moving forward in her school journey at Dysart.”
Another parent, who’s child had moved up from the Apollo 1 site, said: “The new site is very well suited for my son who is getting a lot bigger and more confident now.”