Bright children are exploring learning

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

blackhorse school

A PRIMARY school’s commitment to making sure children are active and get about in their community is being rewarded.

Blackhorse Primary has become the first school in South Gloucestershire to win a national Learning Outside the Classroom award.

It has also been given high-visibility jackets from the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust for children to wear when exploring the local area.

And now the school has secured a grant of more than £15,000 for new cycle and scooter shelters.

Head teacher Simon Botten is delighted at the recognition and the additional opportunities for pupils.

The LOtC Mark (Bronze) is awarded to Blackhorse Primary because of its exemplary commitment to providing children with meaningful and exciting experiences outside the school walls.

Mr Botten said “This award is a real coup for all the staff and governors here as it shows that we are really making strides in providing our pupils with potentially life-changing opportunities. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award to integrate LOtC into the everyday life of the school.”

The accreditation comes from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, which also provides free online guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality LOtC activities.

Its chief excutive Beth Gardner said: “Learning outside the classroom provides the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. I congratulate Blackhorse Primary School on being awarded LOtC Mark (Bronze).”

The jackets have been provided through the trust’s road safety scheme.

Mr Botten said: “We are committed to getting children out to learn in the community. These jackets will help us continue this work – whilst staying safe and being seen.”

The bid for the green cycle shelters was submitted by the school’s business manager Debra Beazer.

The three shelters will be made from natural timber using three original designs that aim to blend into the natural environment while providing much-needed cycle storage.

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