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Pond Meadow moved into its purpose built school in November 2008. The school provides a wonderful environment for learning, providing light airy spaces throughout. The school has been designed to provide separate Primary and Secondary provision within the same building, providing different educational experiences for 2-11 and 11 -19. The Primary and Secondary parts are linked by a wonderful huge corridor with a large glass wall linked to the central dining courtyard. Shared facilities such as Hydro Therapy, are placed along the corridor. 

Our lower school council took a tour of the school and told us what they like to do around the school. 

 

 

The large car park at the front offers plenty of room for all the busses to park, allowing pupils to disembark safely and close to the building.

The spacious reception area offers plenty of room for visitors to wait. Uplighting is used throughout the school to reduce glare and acoustic tiling ensures that sounds are not echoing and distracting, but clear and calming.

 

 

 

The school has been built on a single level with no stairs, level door thresholds, wide corridors and large classroom spaces providing easy access for all pupils. The classrooms in each phase are centred around large internal courtyards, linked to open plan ICT/Library/Sensory learning areas.  The 'scale' of the building has been designed to change as you move from Nursery, through Primary and into Secondary so that pupils enjoy a 'journey' through the building.

G likes doing P.E. in the hall and N sings 'Twinkle Twinkle' when he is there.

 

Classrooms have been designed so that on each move of class, pupils experience a slightly different environment. Features of this are the placement of windows at different levels, providing different view points for each pupil and the 'movement' of the roofline within the classroom, some with clerestory windows, others with dramatic changes of angle 

There is an average of two toilets and one full hygiene/shower room with hoist for every two classrooms.ng as they move up through the age phases.

They all like painting in the art room. In the soft play room G likes the shapes whilst S has fun jumping and climbing. J tries to stand up in the ball pool.

 

          

The school has its own hydro therapy pool. Other specialist areas include Sensory Light and Sound, Soft Play, Food Tec.The school halls are large areas used for assembly and PE and social events. They are fitted with 'Soundfield' Systemshnology, Art and IT.

 A enjoys splashing and  J likes floating. N, H ,and G  love the showers. P likes to jump (but is not allowed).

 

                        

The windows and glazed panels around the school have coloured, abstract 'manifestations' applied to them so that not only do they allow light to come flooding into the building but also provide a constantly changing pattern of coloured light throughout the school.

The building links to the outside play spaces and landscape through the glazed panels in each classroom and the cantilevered roof creates dry, wonderful interesting, play areas.

 H, S, and P like the bubbles. G likes the sand and N the bikes. They like singing to the birds.

 

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