Facilities and resources
We benefit from an excellent range of performing arts (music, drama, arts, dance) and physical spaces (inside and outside) promoting ‘The Arts’ and the PE curriculum which are complemented by the impressively high standard of other resources throughout the school. Our grounds have recently been enhanced to include: a range of discovery areas for the science curriculum such as bug hotels, bird boxes, a bird watching area with a hazel hurdle screen, insect homes, mini-beast trap doors, a meadow and hedgehog/ badger nests; a fantastic quiet sensory area with a summer house of picnic accessories; each classroom has an outside area that ensures that the learning process can be kinaesthetic and green fingers can be explored through our gardening boxes. In the school we have an art gallery of framed artists work and art, sculptures and models are part of the whole school environment. Upon a tour around our school look out for our pupils work with Wendy Briggs a local artist “Shadows of the Past”, “Welcoming 1st hands” and our outside sculpture “Timesticks”; as well as our school logo in mosaics and collage by Gemma Hutton a Bedford artist.
Our considerable investment in high quality teaching and support staff ensures that everyone can learn effectively. Our first-class facilities include a main hall, drama, dance and music studio, ICT suite, learning bays, a snug, library, all early years classrooms have large dedicated outside zones. Our outside area has an outside theatre stage, trim trail, a pickup sticks climbing adventure, a sport England pitch, 2 netball courts, picnic zone and a quiet sensory area with hazel hurdle pods, benches and planting. Our bungalow on the school site houses our before and after school facility as well as an onsite preschool provider (Poppyfields), it also houses the schools community room where school clubs are located as well as a potential design and technology zone. We are currently resourcing a food tech room to enrich our facilities further.
ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum with the use of a range of innovative technologies including mobile devices, green screen filming and a range of age appropriate computing programming devices. All classrooms have computer facilities, supplemented by interactive whiteboards or Clever touches to enhance and stimulate the learning experience.
Learning and teaching throughout the school are further supported by our whole-school online learning environment that provides all staff and students with access to a wide range of secure virtual tools and resources including Google Drive and Google Apps for Education.