Strathmore School Includes Specialist SEN Solutions Across New Facilities

Strathmore School includes specialist SEN solutions at new build school in Richmond

Having been involved in the recent development of Strathmore School’s new The Russel Primary School campus, OpeMed are pleased to have handed over and completed the multiple Ceiling XY Hoist Systems included in the project.

The Need

With an increasing demand on SEN provisions, Strathmore saw the need to expand and improve their facilities in order to meet this demand and offer modern and built-for-purpose equipment that fully met the needs of all their pupils.

The school will provide Special Educational Needs to the borough of Richmond and neighbouring boroughs, for learners with multiple and complex learning difficulties.

The Solution

With XY Systems covering 3 Classrooms, a Sensory Room, a Soft Play area and a Hygiene Room, the primary school is now totally accessible to any and all students attending.

The OT200 Ceiling Hoist offers a compact and quiet transfer solution across all of these areas.


The Installation

Taking place over 2 days, the installation of the Ceiling Hoist Systems was accomplished with relative ease; working closely with the contractor allowed for a clear communication and quick completion. We liaised with the contractor to install a steel frame designed specifically to mount the Ceiling Hoist Track, which kept the costs down and gave a smooth install process.

Using flush XY trolleys, the tracking is truly unobtrusive and the clean, aesthetic finish helps provide a tidy learning environment within the classrooms, hygiene rooms and sensory playrooms.

The Gain

Hoisting Equipment is not only essential and beneficial for those who will require transfers, but also for those who will be assisting with the transfers. The time students will have to focus on learning and play increases with quick and easy transfers, as does the time of the teachers to focus on the pupils.

The Benefits

The new Hoisting Systems enable disabled students to access experiences that might otherwise have been kept from them. Moving manually from a wheelchair, beyond certain ages, would be risky or impossible for both teachers and students; a hoist negates the risk by allowing controlled and safe transfer, whilst promoting use of the fantastic soft play and sensory facilities. Not only will these encourage development but also, and most importantly, they encourage a fun environment at school.


To find out more take a look at some of our previous SEN Projects here.

If you would like to discuss a SEN project you are currently working on please feel free to contact us on 01252 758 858 or email and one of our Product Specialists will be happy to help.