Academy celebrates opening of outdoor learning area

Falconer’s Hill Academy held a special celebration event to unveil their new out-door learning environment. 

As part of the development, the academy has built a huge wooden pirate ship, which will act as a learning area and outdoor classroom, and an inspirational play area that will be offered to children as a reward for excellent behaviour and achievement.

Rosalyne Peet, Headteacher, said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for our pupils at the moment. We have just become an academy, and are looking at new ways of enhancing the opportunities that we provide and how we inspire our children.

"As part of this, we wanted to create a really innovative outdoor learning environment. After a great deal of thought we have built a pirate ship that can fit several classes around the large Captain's Table, and an area that includes a mini-golf course and imagination area to help reward those children who are really impressing us with their attitudes to learning." 

The money for the new facilities was raised down to the hard work and fundraising efforts from the Friends of Falconer’s Hill. 

Tom, a Year 5 pupil, said, “I feel so happy and excited. I think it will make us all try extra hard in school so we can use the new apparatus as much as possible!”

Parents joined the staff and pupils for a special celebratory launch event with a BBQ, bouncy castle and various stalls.

Mrs Peet added: “Today has created a great deal of excitement. The refurbishment has transformed the outdoor space here and created lots of opportunity for our pupils to enjoy learning and exploring outside.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Ian, our Site Supervisor, and Lloyd from Lands Events for building these facilities. Their hard work and effort in ensuring the project has come together has been unbelievable.  We are delighted with the area and we can’t wait to start seeing the benefits.”