Pupils give thumbs up to outdoor play area

INDOOR learning has been put in the shade by a new extension at a school near Wareham.

A new outdoor learning space has got top marks from pupils at Sandford St Martin’s Primary School.

Featuring a 15m x 5m wooden pergola, reception children can now learn and play in a natural environment without worrying about the weather.

The under-cover area was created by local contractor Andy Critchell with an £8,000 investment from PTA funds.
It adds another tick on the list of facilities at the primary school which already boasts its own large on-site forest school, a dipping pond and two further outdoor classrooms in its spacious grounds.

Head teacher, Paul Beveridge, said: “It is such a benefit to have an all-weather canopy for our youngest learners.

“We place great emphasis on the use of outdoor space to give pupils freedom to play, develop skills and build friendships.

“We have been longing for this sort of extension for a number of years and we’re thrilled with the results. Andy Critchell has done a super job on the workmanship.

“It has been used daily since its installation and it will become an integral part of our learning environment.”

Childminders and nurseries in the area are also benefiting from the work, as they are allowed arranged access to the school’s outdoor spaces and the forest school area to enhance their outdoor learning and help children get used to the school grounds before they start.

The 420-pupil primary school, recently awarded ‘good’ status with ‘outstanding’ in behaviour and attitude from Ofsted, is open to applications from local families in all age groups.

For enquiries on available spaces at the school and to book a tour, call 01929 552949, or email

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