Children and staff are celebrating the completion of a host of new facilities at All Saints (CE) school and Busy Bees nursery in Standon.
New facilities include a new early years all-weather outdoor playground, an outdoor classroom for key stage 1 pupils, and a redesigned multi-purpose classroom which is home to the school’s Kingfisher club for before and after school care.
The school is a voluntary-controlled CE school with just under 60 children aged 5 to 9. It serves Standon, Cotes Heath and surrounding villages and is also home to Busy Bees pre-school, which opens from 8.55am to 3.30pm during term time.
The new indoor and outdoor learning spaces have been created thanks to a £10,000 big lottery grant, combined with funding from All Saints Church and the school’s PTFA.
The new early years play area includes artificial turf so that children can play out safely whatever the weather, as well as a den building area, story-telling circle, balance beam, mud kitchen and sand and water tables.
Headteacher Vicki Bradley comments:
“We are absolutely delighted with the new facilities and all the great team work that has helped to secure funding and get everything completed. We are a small, close-knit village school and parents, governors and teachers have all worked together to enhance pupils’ access to outdoor learning and play as a regular part of their curriculum. “
“Indoors, our redesigned intervention room provides a creative and inspiring multi-purpose classroom, housing our extensive home reading book library and allowing small groups to work quietly and access additional support with a variety of activities. It is also home to our Kingfisher Club for wraparound care from 7.55am to 5.30pm.”
In addition to the school’s indoor and outdoor learning facilities, the school PTFA has renovated the pond with support from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, a donation of bark from Travis Perkins, and funding from the parish council.