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Specialist Areas

Hall / Mall

The school hall itself is the centre of the school and the room around which the majority of the shops, and simulation environments are based.

This room will be surrounded by shops, gyms and toilets and will provide some seating for pupils eating their lunches in a shared space.

Our hall may be used for small assemblies and training events for parents/ staff.  It certainly has the AV equipment to do so.

However the main purpose of the school hall is to provide a focal point for the school and emulate a shopping mall or local shopping centre environment with all the sounds, sights and smells that come with such an environment.

Simulation Medical Room

This room is designed to simulate a variety of rooms including:

  • Dentist

  • Doctor

  • Nurse

This is used to help prepare pupils for appointments in the real version of those environments.

Public toilets

Most toilets in the school are designed to be very friendly to pupils with sensory processing difficulties. 

The simulated public toilets will replicate a public toilet experience including hand dryers and separate stalls for males and females..  

Shops and Cafe'

We have two spaces in the school that are set up to replicate shopping environments and a cafe' space with real cooking equipment and seating.




Court Yard

In addition to the main play areas we are also lucky enough to have a court yard in the centre of the school. ​

This area is located next to our cafe' and provides an outdoor seating area.

It also includes a dog bin and benches.

The purpose of this area is to provide a practice park resource where pupils can experience being in a public outdoor space while still being in the safety of the school itself.


Outdoor Areas

Each section of the school has it's own bespoke outdoor play area designed specifically for that group.

Each area has at least three pieces of equipment designed to provide a different physical and/or sensory experience.

We also have a shared hard play area which can be used for any number of activities or simply as a quiet space.

The school benefits from a shared field, a small sensory path and a horticultural area.  

Calm Rooms and Therapy Spaces

The school is equipped with numerous calm rooms and therapy spaces.  Some of these spaces are exceptionally simple, such spaces are designed to provide a calming environment for children who need on or a 1:1 working room when pupils are easily distracted.

Therapy spaces may vary depending on who is currently using them.


Classrooms at Chatten are especially designed to support learning.  This includes:

  • 1:1 spaces designed to reduce distractions and provide effective instruction

  • Group learning spaces designed for small groups 

  • A simple learning wall

  • Built in storage to improve communication opportunities

  • Quick access to other learning spaces​

Individual classrooms will also be adapted to the needs of the pupils in the class. 


Multi-Sensory Rooms

Each of the three school sectors include a purpose built multi-sensory room.  

Each of these rooms differs and is designed for the specific age group that it caters for.

Multi-sensory rooms can be used for any number of learning and therapeutic activities including:

  • Communication skills

  • Intensive interaction

  • Sensory stories

  • Academic skills acquisition

  • Sensory play

  • Calming

  • PECS 

Soft Play Rooms

There are two soft play rooms in  the school.  One is designed for our youngest sector and the other is shared between sectors two and three. 

These include a number of exciting and engaging pieces of apparatus including interactive panels and light up ball pits.

Soft-play is used for a number of educational activities including activities linked to communication and physical activities. 

Life Skills Rooms

Each section of the school is equipped with it's own specially designed life skills room.  

These rooms are designed to very loosely replicate a home environment with a kitchenette, bed and living area. 

These are important rooms for helping us teach our children important life skills such as morning routines, cooking simple meals, using house hold audio visual equipment, dressing and tidying cleaning.

The way pupils use this room varies depending on their individual programme.