School Improvement Projects

School Grounds Project

We are really pleased to annouce that the first phase of developing our school grounds has been completed.

Our School Council wanted to develop a piece of land at the top of the school that in the past, children enjoyed collecting conkers from.  The inspiration for the garden idea and its themes came from the children, with the design concept developed by a professional garden designer and West Tytherley Mum, Julia Brigdale.  

The children had drawn their ideas from a School Council visit to Hillier’s Gardens, each other and the creative thoughts and processes of individuals. Throughout, the School Council had opportunity to comment on the evolving design of the garden and in consultation with their classmates.  Julia worked with the School Council and came up to design (shown below) and with that in our hand, we were able to approach the County Architects who helped this idea become a reality.  The construction of the site began during the Summer Holidays and now it is finally finished.

We are very grateful to all our Parents, PTA and the wider community, who have helped to raise funds for the first phase of the project.  

 

Click on the media presentation below to view a movie of what the construction looks like :

The garden will be zoned according to 3 themes:

  • the outdoor classroom: an active area incorporating aerial walkways, raised ponds for pond-dipping, a stumpery to provide continuity of habitat with the ponds, a bog garden, weather stations and bug boxes.
  • the creative area: a story-telling circle complete with story-telling chair under the largest of the horse chestnuts and defined by hazel lattice work, a round slate paved area for chalk drawing on the ground and a sinuous dry-stone wall with in-built seats. We will use construction of the wall as an opportunity to bury a time-capsule! This area will be linked to the out-door classroom with paths mown through tall grasses and wild-flowers.
  • reflective conclusion: located at the top-end of the garden, this area will provide opportunity for children to relax and engage with the garden in a very different way. Careful planting will provide nectar-rich flowers to attract a range of insects; children will be able to pick blackberries; flags will be used to provide colour and gentle movement, a raised area will be provide opportunities for ‘cloud-watching’ and willow structures will form the basis for hide-aways and den building.

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November 23rd
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