Park Lane School is situated within Macclesfield Learning Zone, alongside Macclesfield College, Sixth Form College and Macclesfield Academy. This has enabled them to expand the learning opportunities they offer their pupils through access to teaching facilities, curriculum resources and social opportunities. Their KS4 pupils have a classroom base in the Academy and the Sixth Form pupils have two classrooms and a daily living skills area in the Sixth Form College.

The School is an all-age special school for children and young people aged 2-19 years of age. It caters for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. Some pupils may have additional physical, sensory and medical difficulties. Many of the pupils have communication difficulties and the school is a specialist centre for supporting pupils through assistive and augmentative communication approaches. The School is a Specialist School for Communication and Interaction, enabling them to promote and expand their good practice within the school and in the wider community.

Park Lane School has a range of additional teaching resources including a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, music room, ICT suite, art room, design and technology suite and library which are used by all pupils. In addition, the school has a full-time Nurse and employs a part-time occupational therapist. Physiotherapists and speech & language therapists are employed by the NHS Trust and are deployed to work in Park Lane School.

Park Lane School will use the money to develop a bespoke all-weather play area, with easy-access surface and artificial grass, the area has been designed to enable year-round wheel chair access. The play area will also feature a timber swing with a group seat which pupils, including those with physical disabilities, can use together.

Lorraine Warmer, Head Teacher, Park Lane School, Said: “We have wanted to create a wheel chair accessible play area which our pupils can use all year round for quite some time now, so we’re thrilled to have the support of the Macclesfield Beer Festival committee, Macclesfield Round Table and CAMRA.”