Our Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is a purpose-built wooden building located at the north end of our school woodland. It was designed and built to have as little impact on the environment as possible, in keeping with the ethos of the educational approach happening in there.
The main structure and A-frame roof are built from locally sourced oak, the roof tiles are cedar shingles, the walls are made of a lime render and insulated with sheep's wool and water heating is provided by solar panels on the roof. The centre provides a hub for environmental education, encouraging more outdoor based and technology focused learning. We have developed a range of cross-curricular resources for all key-stages relating to the local and global environment. For the past year, the centre has been the hub of all our Science Learning Partnership work. In this, we support teachers and technicians in enhancing their professional skills by providing high quality training courses, delivered in collaboration with the Science Learning Centre based at Sheffield Hallam University.
The ELC is a suitable base for groups to use for fieldwork, technology focused lessons and for use of the ancient woodland, pond and wildlife garden. The building is equipped with a range of technology for use in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. This includes laptops, data projection, hand-held devices, data-recording equipment, video editing software and a full range of fieldwork equipment.
We currently work with local schools, both primary and secondary, but are always interested in creating links with the wider community. If you are interested in our facilities and would like to find out more please contact us for further information.