West Lea SEN School promotes independence

For years West Lea School (WLS) has provided students with special education needs an education that goes beyond the classroom into their everyday lives. Located in the Enfield Local Education Authority, West Lea School is a school focusing on giving students tools to live actively and independently. Enabled City’s PhotoRoute mapping toolkit is helping in this endeavor.

Through a partnership with Enfield Council’s Joint service for disabled children and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the West Lea School have subscribed to PhotoRoute to aid their travel-training and independence education. It is, in part, a continuation of the Tottenham Hotsupur’s efforts to widen horizons, raise aspirations and provide opportunities to young people regardless of race, sex, age or ability in it’s communities. They are using these maps, not only to educate their students in independent travel, but also to give them the skills to create these maps, which can translate to real world technical skills.

The outcomes include greater independence for individuals by reducing the need for council provided transport. Trained instructors will teach their students the in’s and out’s of PhotoRoute, who will then create maps of routes they themselves travel every day. The team at West Lea School is very enthusiastic about this project and PhotoRoute in general. It fits well with the school’s motto of “Learning for Life,” while the system’s easy-to-use interface and adaptable capacity continues the policy of personalisation and ensuring skills needed to advance either in academia or the working world. The act of students independently creating also increases their confidence, independence, and could even count towards Duke of Edinburgh accreditation.


“West Lea Specialist Sports College & Physical Education School recently published the PhotoRoute map on our website. This was for the public to be able to find us on foot from Edmonton Green railway station to our main entrance. Only after a few days of the publication a visitor to the school commented that they found the link on our website and used the App to find their way to our school. They commented on how easy and efficient it was to use and made the journey on foot more enjoyable and less stress to know they had directions.
We are very pleased with PhotoRoute map and intend to use it for our pupil’s to know how to travel around our borough. Our next publication is to find the route from our school to our charity shop in Edmonton Green Shopping Mall, so our students can find the best, safest and easiest way to the shop”.
Julian Halford Community & Enterprise Manager, West Lea School


How this work fits into larger local picture.

Infographic: Community development with PhotoRoute, Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation and FC and Enfield Council

What is PhotoRoute?

PhotoRoute is a map authoring toolkit developed from travel training concepts used by people with learning disabilities. Visit London gold award expertise for being inclusive of visitors speaking English as a second language and people with physical disabilities.

 About PhotoRoute

PhotoRoute was used by London 2012 Paralympics, NHS Hospitals, VisitEngland and the Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation to increase grassroots participation and engagement.