St Andrew’s boasts exceptional learning facilities which have been carefully designed to fully support pupil engagement and learning opportunities. We regularly evaluate these resources in order to ensure that they support the curriculum we offer and have maximum impact on outcomes for pupils. We want our school community to take pride in what we have to offer, encouraging everyone to be involved in the maintenance and development of our site and equipment.
St Andrew’s extensive, well-resourced library is open to all pupils during lunchtimes and is used to support a culture of reading for pleasure, with a wide range of authors and genres available for children to choose from. The library is run by pupils for pupils, using finger-print scanning to track the borrowing of books and IT equipment for at-home and school use. This space also features a 30-station suite of Apple iMacs which allow classes, groups and individuals to access powerful learning applications and web resources, with integrated multi-media technology. Additionally, this open learning space incorporates a ‘Learning Kitchen’, enabling children to explore food technology within their curriculum theme. Low-height countertops ensure even our youngest pupils can learn to cut, dice and prepare food in a safe, bespoke food preparation environment.
Completely refurbished and ergonomically refurnished, our classrooms provide fresh, well-organised spaces in which children can fully immerse themselves in their lessons and daily routines. As and when access to mobile technology seamlessly integrates with the large LED display to enhance teaching, share experiences and make learning fully interactive. Wide corridors outside the classrooms provide ample break-out spaces for learning and quiet 1-1 or group work, with ample room to showcase pupil achievements and display pupils’ work.
Our full height Sports Hall allows our specialist PE staff to teach racquet sports such as Tennis and Badminton without ceiling height restrictions, as well as fully utilising our gymnastics equipment and off-floor apparatus. This space is also where hot lunches are served daily for over 100 children in partnership with Class Catering, our meals provider based at The De Montfort School.
Each day we hold collective worship in the hall and thoroughly enjoy singing in an acoustically engineered environment which, with a full sound system, staging and lighting transform the hall into a performance auditorium when required.
One and a half acres of woodland, specifically cultivated, re-designed and maintained over many years, ensures that ‘Forest School’ (http://www.
We see our play facilities as a resource for supporting children in developing independence, social skills, an interest in physical activity and awareness of personal safety whilst enjoying the less-structured environment of the playground. We are currently developing a new playground environment which will provide: a multi-tiered ‘social’ space with seating and shade; fenced multi-use games area with football pitches, goals and basketball courts; a re-surfaced playground with scooter track and games markings; a ‘trim-trail’ with low-level physical challenge activities.