Kids Get the Space to Learn; School Grounds to Become Giant Classroom

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Byline: Nicola Weatherall? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk

CHILDREN will be able to explore an exciting learning environment after their school revealed plans to create a giant outdoor classroom.

Central Newcastle High School is going to transform the five acres of grounds surrounding its Junior School and turn them into a fun educational space.

The classroom will have many features including a woodland walk, wildflower patch, a bog garden, amphitheatre, fire pit and storytelling area. This is one of the new developments to be announced as Central Newcastle High School and Church High School prepare to merge in September 2014 to create Newcastle High School for Girls.

The Junior School at Chapman House, Sandyford Park, has already undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment programme with the support of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST), an educational charity.

SLR Consulting, based in Newcastle, has been commissioned by the trust and Central High to develop the project.

Work is expected to start in July with completion planned for the end of 2013.

Central High headmistress Hilary French said: "The outdoor plans are truly innovative and, combined with the newly refurbished interior facilities, the Junior School at Central High and Newcastle High School for Girls will provide a unique educational setting fit for the 21st Century.

"An important aspect of the planning has been the consideration of the heritage of the site and we are returning parts of the grounds back to their former glory and original design. …