The staff at Rosslyn Park Primary School wanted to create a new classroom that would be accessible to all of their pupils and an inspiring place to work and play as well as stimulating creativity. Learning Mentors - Tracey Mee and Janine Archer tell us how their new Learning Escape has become an essential part of the school.
Why did you want to develop an eco SEN learning space?
We were lacking a space at Rosslyn Park Primary that could be dedicated to teaching targeted children. We wanted to develop a space that would inspire the pupils and enable them to get creative in a natural environment. We also wanted to ensure that the new classroom would blend with its surroundings and be accessible for all pupils.
What made The Learning Escape stand out from other providers?
The Learning Escape took on board all of our needs and desires and created a design that was unique to our school and its grounds. They listened to everything the staff and pupils suggested and found ways to incorporate what everyone wanted into the design. Knowing that the building would be beneficial for the children and for the environment was a big selling point for us.
What are the biggest benefits you’ve noticed for your pupils and school?
Our outdoor classroom has become a distinctive part of our school grounds. It is a place where pupils can get some space and peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the school day. We’ve ensured that it is full of activities to give it the fun factor and the natural surroundings have really inspired their creativity. It has benefited the staff and pupils. It is using less staff resources and enables the children to play and learn in a new and inspiring environment. They love going outdoors to their new escape and surrounding themselves with nature.