Cherry Orchard is a large Primary School in Worcester.
1. Why did you want to develop an outdoor learning space?
One of our classes has been working in a dilapidated old mobile classroom that had reached the end of its useful life! The only positive aspect of our old classroom was its fabulous location, with great views of the local allotments, one of which is our own. We have enormously enjoyed this connection with the natural world and are very conscious of the benefits to our pupils from spending time outdoors and learning first-hand how our food is grown.
2. What made The Learning Escape stand out from other providers?
We really appreciated how closely The Learning Escape identified with the concept of linking with the outdoors and their eco-friendly approach to building. We loved the fact that the materials and methods used were so environmentally sympathetic, giving us a classroom that is sustainable, durable and economical to run. It also looks fantastic in its natural setting.
3. What are the biggest benefits you’ve noticed for the pupils and your school?
The building is incredibly comfortable and the floor to ceiling glazing affords both staff and pupils a great quality of light in which to work and learn. The children can enjoy and connect with their lovely natural surroundings, whether inside or out, and we get to reduce our lighting bill.
4. How did you find working with The Learning Escape overall?
As we were replacing an already functioning classroom we had a very tight timetable. The Learning Escape were extremely sensitive to our time constraints and worked really hard to ensure that the transition from one learning space to another was as least disruptive as possible.