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Chimes Class

Welcome to Chimes Class!


In Chimes class we use a multisensory approach to our curriculum. We aim to make learning as sensory as possible, as relevant as possible and as fun and engaging as possible. All our students are unique and each one has so much potential. We aim to achieve their individual best.


Meeting our students’ physical needs is very important and our first session of every day is physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or sensory processing. We work closely with our students’ physiotherapists and occupational therapists to follow their bespoke programs to give our students high quality physical input every day. This can include using a variety of equipment from standing frames to walkers.


Communication is so important for everyone and in Chimes Class we focus very much on enabling and supporting each of our students to be able to communicate in the most effective way for them. This can include eye pointing, using symbols, using facial expressions and vocalisations, switches and more.

Our activities focus on using all our 7 senses, sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, vestibular and proprioception. These form the basis of all our learning and provide lots of opportunities for communication and interaction.


Chimes love to get out and about as much as we can both in the local area and further afield. We enjoy regular shopping trips, visiting local cafes for snack time and other activities in our local town. We also enjoy exploring further away including going on speed boat rides in Southampton and going to the beach in Bournemouth, nothing holds us back!


Chimes staff are highly dedicated and hard working. Each and every adult forms a wonderful bond with the students and supports them to achieve their absolute best.