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School Grounds 

The vision of a landscaped school field started well over a year ago when we applied for a 'Sport England' bid to construct an all weather pitch. Our field had poor drainage and undulations and we were only able to use it for sport for about six to eight weeks of the year.  We know the difference that high quality P.E. facilities can make to children and we are always striving to improve our facilities.

The school also asked Arcadia Landscaping to create a plan for a stimulating outdoor learning environment as they had previously designed and landscaped our fabulous Early Years garden area.  


We were notified in the summer of 2014 that our bid had been successful and we received £30,000 for the construction of the all weather pitch. The plans from Arcadia were approved by Governors at a cost of £12,000.


Work finally began in October 2014!  Now in May 2015 we have finished Phase 1 of the project - have a look at our photos to date....

The start -

The completion of phase 1




The work started on a wet and miserable day in October with the field being cleared for the laying of the all weather pitch. What an exciting day - the digger uncovered an old air raid shelter!  All the children came out to have a look as it was so interesting. First the roof of the tunnel was discovered and then the actual entrance where we recovered some old money and even a rusty mangle.  Back in school this inspired us to get the old school log books out and we found the records where the shelter had been constructed and used during the war.  

As a result of this the landscaping plans changed slightly and the 'shelter' that was constructed in the design incorporates the original walling from part of the old air raid shelter. The bricks that edge the pathways are also loose bricks that were salvaged from the initial excavation and some of the seats and rock features have been created from the concrete roof of the air raid shelter.  It is a wonderful feeling to look and see how the past has been interwoven with the present to create this fabulous area.

Part of the design has been to create a chicken run, and that generated a very exciting two weeks in Early Years as we had an incubator arrive with numerous eggs.  We spent the following five days watching the eggs hatch one by one.  After two weeks we sent the chicks back to the farm to grow up a little.  They finally returned to us and their new home at the end of April.  We now have a range of lovely plants which are in the early stages of becoming established. Wild meadow flower seeds have been sown and we are really looking forward to seeing them grow and add more colour to the area.

The raised beds have been allocated to each class and the gardening club where vegetables will be grown and cooked either by the children or used in our school kitchen.

Phase 2

Plans were changed again as we were informed by Kirklees that the land at the top of the field was to be given to school. This was fantastic news but further development at the top was then halted, hence Phase 2.

Hopefully this summer we will be taking down the old fence and having a new one constructed to include the extra land and enlarge the field.  Following on from that a tall wooden tower is to be built in the top right hand corner and the existing trim trail we had in the beginning (that was dismantled to accommodate the new development) is to be re-erected.

It has been a long but exciting journey and we are looking forward to enjoying the extra space and new learning environment.