Silver award for Learning Outside the Classroom
An ‘outstanding’ Harrogate prep school has become the only school in the region to be officially recognised for its commitment to taking pupils’ learning outside the classroom.
Independent co-educational prep school Belmont Grosvenor, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, has been awarded the prestigious Silver Learning Outside the Classroom Mark (LOtC).
The award, handed out by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, accredits schools that have policies and practices in place to ensure that high quality LOtC is available to all pupils across all areas of the curriculum to benefit their learning and personal development.
Belmont Grosvenor School was praised for its ‘strong commitment to providing frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC for all pupils’.
Belmont Grosvenor School, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, is set in 20-acres of grounds just three miles from the centre of Harrogate. The award recognises how BGS uses its grounds, buildings and environment, and enhances the outdoor learning with clubs, trips and visits.
Learning outside the classroom is embedded in the school’s curriculum and all children, from the youngest in Magic Tree Nursery to Year 6, make full use of its fields, woodland and outdoor facilities, which include an outdoor classroom and a logged Forest School area complete with parachute roof and campfire.
Sian de Gracia, Year 4 teacher at Belmont Grosvenor School and LOtC co-ordinator said she was delighted the school had been awarded the much-coveted Silver Mark.
“Being awarded the Silver LOtC Mark is a huge achievement as it really highlights the broad range of opportunities we are providing our pupils here at BGS.
“I'm thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and look forward to building on this award by continuing to improve and expand our Learning Outside the Classroom provision,” she said.
Headteacher Jane Merriman said she was delighted with the recognition.
“This is a marvellous achievement and once again showcases how BGS uses its wonderful grounds, environment and buildings, and reflects the diversity of our curriculum which is enhanced by clubs, trips and visits.”
Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning.
Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, said: “Learning outside the classroom provides the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life and I congratulate Belmont Grosvenor School on being awarded LOtC Mark (Silver).