Stroud School in Romsey is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Silver Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) Award, a national accreditation, which has been endorsed by the Department for Education.
Stroud pupils benefit from lots of opportunities to learn outside on a daily basis: Stroud is a progressive school, it sits at the forefront of educational practice within a modern learning environment, yet remains proud of its traditional roots. Alongside a rigorous programme of numeracy and literacy, the school embraces Learning Outside the Classroom, and a team of teachers, led by Angus Reid, Head of Learning Outside the Classroom, have been working hard towards the national accreditation.
We have been working towards our Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Award over this academic year and after a visit from the lead assessor, we leapfrogged bronze and went straight to the silver award, says Angus Reid.
This verifies all of our ongoing dedication to integrating outdoor learning into our broad and varied curriculum. From the assessment report we will create an action plan to steer us towards the prestigious gold award. Meanwhile, we will continue to take as much learning as we can outside and to keep building on our fantastic Forest and Beach School programmes.
A large body of research shows that outdoor learning improves children’s health, increases their enjoyment and engagement with learning, and leads to a greater connection with nature. Across the academic year, Stroud pupils enjoy a broad range of learning outside the classroom, both on and off site. From week long overseas trips to day visits to local country parks, to Forest and beach school, all aspects are integrated into the curriculum for pupils. Teachers also creatively bring the ‘Outside’ into our classrooms. Whether it’s an author or history expert coming in to lead a workshop to enhance the curriculum, or video links to other schools around the world to embed foreign language learning.
The CLOtC award now sits alongside the school’s Eco Schools Green Flag that it has held for the past six years. Now it has been awarded the national accreditation, Stroud School is the only school in Hampshire to be recognised for the quality of its outdoor provision.