Elemore Hall is fortunate to have nearly 10 hectares of grounds that are ideal for various learning outside the classroom and Forest School activities. We would like pupils from other schools and the local community to benefit from this tremendous resource and therefore we have had a facility built specifically to support this. The Outdoor Learning Centre (OLC) is a purpose designed, self contained building located on the margin between our sports field and the wilderness area of the pond/ancient woodland and within easy walking distance of a range of habitats and ecosystems. The building and it’s immediate surrounds are fenced to make it a safe and secure location for visiting groups.
The building itself consists of a main room that opens out, through patio style doors, to a decking and lawned area with picnic tables. This area in turn has gates onto the sports field so that the building can be used for large events such as sports day. In the main room there is a kitchen area where drinks and snacks can be prepared. Along one side of the building are windows that overlook a wildlife area with bird feeders, bug houses, etc. There are notice boards to display pictures of wildlife and work done, there are white boards for recording and teaching purposes. Outside the main room there are three toilets and a sink area for washing dirty hands and equipment. The room can accommodate a whole class group and has tables and chairs for formal seating or these can be cleared away to leave an open space. Rugs can be put down on the floor for pupils to sit on for story time whilst being warmed by the wood burning stove.
Schools or groups that would be interested in using the Outdoor Learning Centre should contact the school with their enquiry. Charges start at £50 per half day (during term time) depending on what is required. We can provide catering from hot drinks and biscuits through to a full buffet if required – (cost on application)