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As you know, earlier in the year we were delighted to be awarded £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

This great news meant that we could begin work on bringing our project to life.

The Outdoor Science Classroom is positioned at GANF’s Ambergate Sport’s College site and involved the refurbishment of an unused grassed section within the school grounds, converting the area into an outdoor learning space and natural science area for the pupils.

Hill Holt Wood designed the space and work began during the summer holidays. The process involved the installation of recycled rubber grass matting for disabled access, allowing pupils to meander around the cherry trees, and the creation of a none slip decked outdoor classroom space with integrated seating and storage.

The brand new outdoor learning space is elevated above the ground with disabled access ramps. The decking also has integrate rope balustrades with bamboo wind chimes to allow the users to interact with the learning space.

A large canopy to shelter the seating has also been erected to make the facility all weather and a large standing chalkboard erected, with additional hand held chalkboards which can be stored under the seating.

The project comes complete with raised beds to add touch, smell and taste to the area, creating a sensory zone for our pupils. There is also a raised pond.

A bird hide and feeder crafted from local timber, complete the project, and will encourage pupil interaction with nature. 

James Ellis, Principal at Ambergate Sport’s College, “With thanks again to Tesco and Groundworks, for the fantastic opportunity to obtain the funding. It has allowed us to install this superb outdoor learning facility for our pupils and will enhance their learning, particularly in Science.”