Since the School opened in 1876 it has seen many changes and developments. What was once a single Victorian School room has grown into a building that comprises four good sized classrooms, a hall and possibly one of the best outdoor learning spaces in Lincolnshire with woodlands, meadows and pond areas that the school takes great advantage of.
Set in the delightful village of Scampton, we are at the heart of this local community set amongst farmland, close to Scampton Church and the local RAF base. We’re often treated to daily displays by the Red Arrows over our playground! Our links with the local community add greatly to the richness of the children’s experience whilst at the school.
The front playground
Overlooked by our flagpole used for a number of ceremonial events and the sign showing our important school values, this area welcomes pupils and their families daily serving as an area for parents, staff and pupils to chat informally at the end of each day. You’ll find that at this small school, relationships between parents, children and staff are excellent as we make the most of ‘handover’ times.
The back playground
It is testament to the whole school community that over £23,000 was raised during 2017 in order to develop our school playground so that children have a great experience when at play. In a typical playtime you will see children making up dances and plays on the outdoor stage, going for a walk around the footpath that leads around the tree lined perimeter of the field, reading in our outdoor reading library area, playing chess, table tennis, toy cars under the canopy areas or exercising on the new play equipment.
Our extensive grounds include a number of dedicated woodland areas that are used extensively to support children’s learning and development. Our youngest learners, ‘The Bears’ have their own woodland that includes a fairy garden, bug hotel and mud kitchen. They and other pupils also enjoy visits to ‘The Enchanted Forest’ a woodland full of interesting objects to inspire creativity – what is behind the magic door? One corner of our playground leads to our woodland clearing, a space used for numerous woodland activities and a beautiful reflective space for collective worship in the summer months. A path from here leads you to our pond that is full of wildlife that can be viewed from a safe pontoon then into our meadow area, planted with many wild plants that gives a sea of colour throughout spring and summer. In this garden we also have a greenhouse, bird hide and some raised beds for growing our own food.
Our fire pit area is a great spot for story telling as is our outdoor library area with story tellers chair. Our older pupils regularly become the story teller, reading to younger pupils bringing stories to life!
Victorian Classroom (Year 5/6)
Perhaps one of our favourite classrooms is the Victorian Room largely because of its history. Once, the whole school would have been taught in this room (up to fifty pupils). We love reading the school log books to find out about some of the lessons that have taken place in this room over the last hundred and forty years. This is the base for our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. We’re enjoying making history in it too.
Year 3/4 Classroom
This classroom was opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 2001. The room opens out onto its own outdoor area that includes the Woodland Meadow and vegetable garden. It is a great space for learning!
We have an amazing space for our Infants that includes two big classrooms enabling Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils to be taught together and apart so that all needs are met. These two classrooms share two outdoor spaces, their own woodland copse called the ‘Bears Woodland’ and a secret fairy garden. Because we ensure that children are challenged and supported at all levels we ensure staffing enables different learning in different areas.
We have a well stocked and up to date library that is in the heart of the school rather than tucked away in a separate room. This way, children can access books for reference and enjoyment easily. You will often find children sitting on a beanbag in this area simply enjoying a good book.
Although not a typical ‘Sports Hall’, you will be amazed at what happens in this useful space. Our before and after school club meets here daily, we enjoy collective worship and some PE lessons with our in house gym instructor. The school is a member of British Gymnastics (many children have achieved recognised awards for Gymnastics). It’s an important space for family get togethers organised by our PTA.
Cabin in the woods
Nestled in one of the school’s woodland areas, the cabin in the woods is a place where we can teach small groups of children, hold private meetings and provide music tuition for children from our specialist music teachers.
We believe strongly that children should be rewarded for their efforts. We have weekly Celebration Assemblies attended by many parents where pupils are praised for their achievements. The school also rewards pupils annually for academic and personal attributes. As a school we have won many prizes for sporting and academic achievements too. Children are very proud of their school – come and visit and they will tell you!