School’s £70k improvements thrill children

UNDER COVER: Wells Hall Primary School's reception and nursery pupils use the new outdoor learning space.
UNDER COVER: Wells Hall Primary School's reception and nursery pupils use the new outdoor learning space.

Children at a Great Cornard school are learning outside more than ever thanks to a £70,000 project to build a canopy and patio doors.

The scheme was started at Wells Hall Primary School during the summer and now allows children from the two reception classes and nursery to play and learn outside whatever the weather.

Judith Fardell, headteacher, said: “We have been waiting a long time for the funds and have been saving for the last few years to develop the classrooms.

“It is great because the children can still go outside when it is raining.”

“They like to be able to go outside, they learn better through active learning.”

The reception classes –named bees and ladybirds – have a total of 58 children, while there are 25 pupils in the caterpillars nursery.

The whole group is aptly named explorers and will expand to include another nursery class next year.

Mrs Fardell added: “This has opened up the whole area as the canopy goes right across.”

The school is now hoping to raise money to improve wooden fencing along the playground and is awaiting delivery of a story house to sit away from the main school.

Wells Hall Primary School has expanded to include Year 5 and 6 in the last year as part of Suffolk County Council’s move to two-tier education.