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Planting in the upper courtyard

After months of work, the final stage of our upper courtyard redevelopment commenced today; the planting of box hedging around the perimeter of our new sheltered seating area. 

With the kind support of Mrs Lane, a member of our Governing Body, six students braved the weather to both prepare the soil and do the planting itself.  Mrs Walker planted the very first box hedge and our team of budding gardeners planted the remaining plants (over 100 of them!) whilst learning about horticulture with Mrs Lane.  Following the completion of the gardening, the upper courtyard area has now officially reopened with our new snack pod opening to serve hot and cold snacks at break and lunch time.


"We were very excited to be part of the team who were planting in the courtyard, knowing that in a few years time we can see the results of our hard work as the hedge grows.  We learned about gardening and most importantly about working as an efficient team.  We had to come up with a system to ensure that the job was completed well and that we prepared the ground and spaced the plants effectively.  We can't wait to see others enjoying this space over the next few days."

Trixie, Year 8 and Georgina, Year 9


We are very grateful to Mrs Lane and to our student volunteers for their efforts in creating what will be a beautiful outdoor space to be enjoyed by many in the months and years to come.  

Mrs Walker planting the first box hedge
Mrs Lane and our student volunteers hard at work

The courtyard in use at lunchtime