Options College Shifnal unveils their brand new outdoor classroom

Options College Shifnal opened its brand new outdoor classroom to pupils this week.

The new outdoor classroom is a result of the Options WOW initiative, which started in April 2014, and gives all Options services the opportunity to bid for projects they feel will have a positive impact on their service users and visitors.

WOW has already proved to be a successful initiative, and has approved a water feature and sensory garden, and a number of raised bed horticulture projects at other services.

Options College Shifnal is a purpose-built school with dedicated facilities providing individualised education programmes and access to the National Curriculum and a wide range of vocational subjects.

The idea for an outdoor classroom was presented last year and the building process began in July. An environmentally friendly cabin has been installed in the school garden, which will be used all year round for land based studies and horticulture.

Options College Shifnal has had a garden for the last decade, and children are heavily involved in growing vegetables and looking after plants. Children also make food with the produce they have grown such as stew and potato salad. The garden also offers children a therapeutic area if they need some quiet time.

The classroom was officially opened by Graham Baker, Options CEO.

Speaking of the new outdoor classroom Julie Gregory, Instructor at Options College Shifnal, said: “The outdoor classroom will have a really positive impact on our pupils as it will allow us to work on the garden for 12 months of the year, taking land based studying to the next level.

“The children really enjoy having the garden to work on, whether this be sowing seeds, growing vegetables or looking after the plants. The outdoor classroom will make a big difference to outdoor crafts and we are all very excited for the opening this week.”

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