West Buckland School has submitted plans for a significant upgrade to its campus. The application from the North Devon independent school details a new study centre which will house open-plan learning spaces, library and IT resources over two floors. It will be used by all students across the senior school and will include a dedicated Sixth Form area. The application also details plans for a state-of-the-art 70study-bedroom Sixth Form boarding house.
If the plans are approved, work on the project will begin over the summer with the development completed and ready for students in September 2015. West Buckland School Headmaster John Vick explains: “This is an incredibly exciting and ambitious project that will bring many benefits for every day and boarding pupil at West Buckland School. We want to provide our students with the very best facilities and the study centre will provide a first class learning environment for students across the senior school. The boarding house will be a superb facility, with single bedrooms and en-suite facilities for boys and girls. The buildings will be in close proximity and are designed to create a dynamic new hub to the campus that encourages close interaction and integration between our day and boarding students. This development will provide students with a remarkable environment in which to learn, live and study. I am confident that if our plans are approved, we will provide the best facilities for sixth formers and younger pupils to be found anywhere in the South West and further afield.
The Moorland Classroom has now engaged with over 6,000 pupils and this spring sees the launch of two new Moorland Classroom sites in Exmoor National Park.
The new sites are Grabbist, overlooking the medieval village of Dunster, and Winsford Hill, above Tarr Steps. Dulverton Middle School has recently returned from Winsford Hill as teacher Sophie Hanson from the school highlights: “Winsford Hill is a great resource. It covers many curriculum areas and is very hands-on with The Punchbowl, burial mounds and Tarr Steps all with easy walking distance of each other.”
Grabbist and Dunster also provide a great package and with plenty of wet-weather options. Curriculum Advisor for the Moorland Classroom, David Weatherly, stresses how the “Moorland Classroom is an ideal mechanism for delivering the new curriculum for 2014 – cross-curricular, engaging and challenging. It provides a real context for meaningful outdoor learning linked to places and issues that will inspire children and young people. Throughout there is an emphasis on enquiry based investigative learning and teaching which encourages children and young people to take responsibility for their own learning.”
David Rolls, Moorland Education Officer for the Heart of Exmoor Scheme, says: “To get your local school involved just google ‘Moorland Classroom’ and remember thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor Trust and the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, our travel bursary can help schools with travel costs.
“A big thank you to all the schools that have helped us develop these resources for use in both the classroom and out in the National Park.”