Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
A primary school rewarded for its commitment to outdoor learning and the environment.
Desmond Anderson Primary School’s commitment to outdoor learning and the environment, which includes a Solardome® glasshouse mini Eden project, has been rewarded with a ‘Let’s FACE It!’ Award. Launched in 2005, Let’s FACE (Focus Action for Crawley’s Environment) is a Crawley Borough Council initiative which recognises the individuals, schools, business and community groups who have gone the extra mile to improve their environment. It aims to increase levels of community cohesion and social inclusion and help make neighbourhoods cleaner and greener.
Crawley Borough Council’s citation about Desmond Anderson, (which also holds an Eco-School Bronze Award and was South East in Bloom winner in 2008), reads: “The school has embraced the environment. Their imaginative use of the school grounds and building, including an amazing rainforest experience is to be commended.”
Central to the achievements of the steadily-growing Sussex school which has 306 children on roll has been the installation of a 6m diameter SOLARDOME® Retreat complete with shade sails and an artificial grass flooring. It was built in 2010 after the school recognised the dome’s potential for growing and as a unique teaching and environmental space. It joins a host of innovative additions to the outside environment, including wigwams, an amphitheatre, sensory garden and various wildlife, including free range chickens.
Head Teacher Terry Quinton, said: “We were inspired by the learning potential of the Solardome® glasshouse and its ability to recreate our very own exotic biome experience, complete with a large palm tree, and banana and bird of paradise plants. We have developed learning objectives based on the curriculum for our work in the Solardome® glasshouse and have already welcomed local head teachers inspired to recreate similar outdoor projects in their own schools.”
- Desmond Anderson Primary Academy, Sussex, UK