“When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development”

– Ofsted






involved to:

Improving the

school grounds

CPD, support and resources

Get up to £30,000 of investment in your school grounds and your pupils’ learning – Groundwork’s services, projects and support opens doors to valuable funding and improvements

Save you time – we do the planning and preparation for sessions, taking the burden off you

Enrich the National Curriculum – make the curriculum interesting and relevant to your pupils by using their surroundings to teach it

Provide a positive learning environment for SEN pupils – use your school grounds as an alternative classroom to support pupils who struggle in more traditional settings and help support different learning styles

Boost your eco-credentials – involve the whole school community in the development and design of your grounds to create wildlife habitats, incorporate recycling and composting facilities, and ensure there’s a green element to school travel planning with access points for walking or cycling to school

Expand your outdoor play options – get inspiration for creative use of natural resources and encourage children to take part in safe play in the great outdoors

Engage your pupils with the environment – design, develop and use your grounds in innovative ways to get children exploring the natural environment and further enhance their learning

Groundwork can provide


A free advisory visit from an Environmental Education Officer

A vision plan or detailed design from a Landscape Architect

Funding support

Implementation of the improvements through contract management, a practical Groundwork project, a family or community action day or a corporate volunteering event

How to make the most of and maintain the features in your fantastic outdoor space

How to use the grounds to teach curriculum-linked lessons



We can also create educational heritage, environmental and other education resources including educational trails and lesson activities. Examples from our existing portfolio include:

Running courses,

sessions and clubs


Family growing – growing fruit and vegetables with parents and children

Grow Global – a gardening club during or after school

Veg Fest – an inter-school growing competition culminating in a community celebration event

City & Guilds Award or Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills – delivered and assessed by City
& Guilds accredited Groundwork staff in your school

Nature Next Door – raises children’s awareness of nature on their doorstep by discovering local nature reserves and green spaces

Wild play (Parents as Partners in Play and Wellies in
the Woods) - encourages outdoor play and helps adults and their children get to know local wild places and the nature around them

Really Wild Club – an after school club in the school   grounds that gives pupils a fun and exciting way to    appreciate the natural environment and improve their social skills

Switch On To Turning Off (SOTTO) – an inter-school energy saving competition with an awards ceremony
as the finale.

If your pupils need support with attainment, attendance or behaviour, our youth team
can help.

The service they offer ranges from one-to-one support and peer mentoring to a variety of workshops, covering issues from self-esteem and confidence to anger management and lots more besides.

Contact our Youth Manager for more information



Rivers Education Support Centre

Autumn 2012: Rivers ESC approaches Groundwork to
ask for help developing their grounds; a Landscape Architect creates a vision plan for the grounds and a consultation session is held with staff, with pupil input

Value: £1,000, funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust


March 2013: School action
day is held with staff, pupils
and Groundwork to create
an outdoor seating area in
the woodland and a network
of paths

Value: £3,000, funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust


February 2014: Funding is secured to build growing beds
in the school’s new horticulture zone Value: £700, funded by
a Hertfordshire County
Councillor’s Localities Budget


February - August 2014: Groundwork Environmental Education Officer begins to deliver City & Guilds Level
1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills course to students in the horticulture zone

Value: £8,000, funded equally by the Equitable Charitable Trust and Rivers ESC

Summer 2014: Funding is secured to build a fox-proof
fence around the horticulture zone

Value: £4,357, funded by Broxbourne Borough Council


Spring 2015: The horticultural zone is extended to include an outdoor shelter, greenhouse and shed

Value: £9,680, funded by Wooden Spoon via the Hertfordshire Community Foundation


Autumn 2015 - Summer 2016: More students complete the City & Guilds course. Groundwork trains teachers at Rivers ESC to deliver the course, with continued support from Groundwork staff, who
carry out the assessments

Value: £2,000, funded by
the Equitable Charitable Trust




Herts, Beds and Cambs

Chris Dungate

01707 255184

Suffolk, Norfolk & Essex

Anna Martin

01473 350370

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