10k outdoor classroom transforms children learning

Children at a Stafford Primary School are able to learn outdoors, thanks to support from a Staffordshire regeneration charity.

The £10,000 project to create a new outdoor classroom and nature area at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Weston was funded through a grant from the Realise charity.

Paul Hayward, headteacher at St Andrew’s School, said:

“Our early years play area used to be a rectangle of tarmac with inadequate cover and it lacked opportunities for the children to learn and play. PM Training carried out some work for the school when we had an extension built. They mentioned that if we applied we might be able to get funding from the Realise charity. Now we are delighted to have a lovely wooden outdoor classroom which facilitates a more continuous curriculum for the children”.

The children and parents of the school have been so impressed that they have decided to hold a cake sale to raise further funds for the Realise charity. The classroom is being given an official opening on Thursday 24 October at 10am when children, teachers and representatives of we are aspire will be present.
Apprentices from PM Training helped to build the classroom as part of their work-based learning. In addition, other staff from we are aspire have volunteered to help paint the school’s kitchen.

Will Nixon, Trustee of the Realise charity managing director of PM Training, said: “Part of the work of the Realise charity is to improve the environment in local communities where Aspire operates.
“A school like St Andrew’s, is a tremendous community facility and we are very pleased to provide this lovely new outdoor classroom. It’s also good news that apprentices from PM Training can help get into work through this project.”