29.09.2016 - Education reaches new heights at Houghton School
At Houghton Primary School, they foster a community that ‘reflects all that is best in society’, working in partnership with like minded people that share a common vision of development of every child within caring and supportive surroundings.
Having previously undergone major improvements to existing premises, providing new classrooms, cloakrooms and a superb atrium, as well as an 'extended facility’ providing new accommodation for the Phoenix Club (childcare) and the village pre-school, the changes haven’t yet concluded.
The ‘friends of Houghton School’ are looking to create an outside learning classroom for pupils but with a difference; raised in a tree house style. It is anticipated that the new environment would benefit.
Having been granted planning permission for the adventurous project, the school is now seeking funds to supplement the total £11,000 cost. Local businessman, Mick George, has personally been forthcoming in offering financial subsidies to a value of £2,000, as well as material and service support from the family owned construction business. These include Concrete supply and Waste facilities to dispose of all unwanted substances. It is hoped that other individuals, organisations or bodies would follow suit to help the cause.
The move follows consultation with current students on what they foresee would advance the existing provisions. Notable feedback included requests for different environments that would encourage imagination, as well as a calming or relaxing place to learn whilst connecting with the outdoors and nature. Other local schools in the region have invested in similar initiatives, such as Stukeley Meadows Primary School.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Anything that can be done to positively effect education of children is something that we would get behind. Recently, we also provided support to a ‘Sensory Garden’ which was targeted at achieving the same sort of thing.’’
Stump continues: ‘’There seems to be an increasing trend in offering some differential which of course the outdoors generally does. Traditionally it would only be physical subjects such as P.E that provides that opportunity, but now that extends to almost every subject with amenities such as this.’’