Kings Worthy Primary School, Winchester
HGT was contacted by the school’s Site Manager (who is also a Governor) in May 2013. The school, situated north of Winchester, is a large and rapidly growing primary school currently providing education for children aged between 4 and 11. They share the site with a pre-school and children’s centre.
During 2013 a group of volunteers had been working hard, trying to develop an extensive area of woodland within the site with the aim of creating a unique outdoor learning environment that would benefit the school children and areas of the wider community. Conservation volunteers, Sparsholt College forestry students and Hampshire Probation Trust had all contributed massively.
Members of the Schools Team visited the school and were given an extensive tour of the grounds by the Site Manager and the Class Teacher responsible for outside learning. They were full of ideas and we suggested they prioritise their projects. They decided to create rustic benches in the school’s woodlands to provide seating and working areas for the children: pupils then produced their own designs to be incorporated into the benches and bespoke signage.
The school subsequently submitted a very well presented grant application for 20 benches, in response to which a grant of £390 was awarded. The Schools Team were invited back to see the benches and progress in the woodland area, both of which were very impressive. The school was keen to embark on a Phase Two scheme to extend the area to include an allotment. HGT agreed a further grant to help fund the work to install the required sleepers to create raised beds.