Exeter school's yurt plan makes competition final
Exeter’s Southbrook School has made it through to the final of a contest which offered students and teachers the chance to turn one idea to improve their school into a reality.
With more than 400 entries, Southbrook School is now one of the final four in their category and stands the chance of winning £5,000 to put their plans into action.
The School We’d Like competition is organised by Zurich Municipal and The Guardian Teacher Network
Entries to the competition did not have to conform to a single type of idea. They had to be creative but realistic, demonstrating innovation, sustainability and involvement from the whole school.
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A team at Southbrook School came up with the idea for an outdoor classroom to develop the school’s Life Skills programme, which has been running now for more than three years. The school would buy a yurt to place in their wooded area, and use it as a new teaching space for Life Skills and also as a space to deliver specialist Occupational Therapy. The yurt would create an alternative space for the school’s culture days, as well as providing a new OT space for the wider community.
A school spokesman said: “This outdoor classroom will really boost our teaching of Life Skills and develop occupational therapy in school. It is really exciting for us and the entry proposed is a credit to our School Council and the Life Skills team.”