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BUILDING BLOCKS: New Rush Hall School creates learning spaces for SEMH pupils with Modular Classroom install by GCS Cabins

NEW Rush Hall School in Ilford is adding an additional space with its third modular building supplied by GCS Cabins. The building, which will provide a gym and music suite, will be installed in May to elevate learning and lead the way in addressing SEMH student needs.

New Rush Hall School provides specialised support for pupils aged 5 to 16 who have social, emotional, or mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Staff take pride in providing a personalised, inclusive, and inspiring education to all 80 pupils. A quality learning environment plays a significant part in student education.

Mr Walters, Executive Headteacher said: “We have used GCS Cabins for two modular buildings and are in the process of commissioning a third. We needed additional space to provide therapy rooms and break-out spaces for our pupils in order to enhance their wellbeing. The spaces created by GCS Cabins have enabled us to do that.”

New Rush Hall School has been choosing modular classrooms from GCS Cabins for the past four years. The first building was a simple, open-plan, communal break area. The second building included a number of bespoke customisations, which allowed for the creation of a library, five individual 1-1 learning spaces and finally accessible toilets.

The third building, which is currently being constructed off-site, will be 108m2 and house a gym and music suite. The gym will have various machines, a boxing ring, punch bags that are removable from ceiling hooks, a toilet and two showers. The recording studio with a microphone area will be fully soundproofed.

DECK THE HALLS: New Rush Hall School creates bespoke learning spaces for SEMH pupils with Modular Classroom install by GCS Cabins

Mr Walters added: “The third modular building, which is currently in progress, will provide us with a Creative and Fitness Hub, which will incorporate a gym, boxing facilities and a recording studio. This latest hub will provide additional opportunities for our pupils to access facilities that they would not normally have. These spaces will encourage creativity, develop talents, and have a positive impact on our pupils’ fitness and mental health, which will be of huge benefit.”

The addition of a modular gym and music suite is designed to encourage more students to participate in extracurricular activities. A study by Public Health England found that participation in extracurricular activities has a positive effect on student attainment. Physical activity has also been linked to improved classroom behaviour across the whole school.

Modular classrooms are a great option for schools as they are completely customisable and adaptable. Each school building can be refurbished to provide a dynamic, inclusive space that meets the specific needs of your students and teachers.

Mr Walter continued: “GCS Cabins have been involved with the design and production from the start of this Hub and the previous hubs. Their expertise and knowledge has been of great value and has helped us to design spaces that are fit for purpose. They have been flexible and supportive and enabled us to fulfill our vision. Their communication is excellent, and they have gone above and beyond in terms of trying to meet our needs whilst remaining hugely competitive and cost-effective.”

All projects are full turnkey packages, including all groundworks and connection of services. New Rush Hall School’s latest building will be completed in May with a turnaround of only 12 weeks from the point of order to completion. GCS Cabins is experienced in creating inspiring learning spaces that help schools support their students’ achievements.

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