A specialist chair to help children with complex sensory needs has been donated to a specialist school.

The sensory shell chair was donated to Watling View School in St Albans by the Masons of the Old Verulamians Lodge and St Albans Lodge.

Abbots Langley based charity DEMAND (Design and Manufacture for Disability) created the hooded chair to help students with sensory processing disorders such as autism cope with in the classroom.

Students using the chair will be able to put the hood up themselves to block out sounds and noise in the classroom to help them concentrate.

Money for the chair was raised by the St Albans and Old Verulamians Masons as well as funding raised at the Freemasons Grand Charity.

Teacher Pam Anderson said: “A huge thank you from Watling View for the sensory rocking chair we received today.

"We are sure that our pupils will benefit greatly from using it."