In August, our Tunbridge Wells site hosted Alice's Tea Party, run by the Head2Head Theatre company for children and young people with SEND (ages 0-25), their siblings & parents/carers. The half-day tea parties included interactive, multi-sensory walkabout performances, lunchtime games, craft activities and sensory tent.
A number of Oakley pupils and their families participated, as well as a few children and their families from other local schools.
The feedback was fantastic (see comments below), so much so that we are already booking to host the company again next summer.
"Please continue as there is very little out there for families like ours!!"
"Very impressed with the whole thing, particularly that it was sensory and interactive. Liked how it moved from room to room for the different scenes."
"Well organised event. The actual production allowed everyone to participate whatever their ability."
"Such a lovely idea - a veritable journey through Wonderland. The three actors worked their socks off to engage and entrance. I would wholeheartedly recommend Head2Head to any special needs family. I was so aware of the hard work that had gone into transforming the school into Wonderland...please be assured it was worth the trouble! A lovely way to spend an afternoon. Thank you so very much to all involved."
"Very enjoyable. Children were very happy and relaxed."
"It's an excellent show. I think more of these shows can help more children with special needs."