New Pendeen School headteacher sets outdoor learning as priority

Charlotte Sweet is settling into her new role and has been welcomed by Pendeen School staff and pupils.

Thursday 17th May 2018 09:36 BST

The new headteacher at Pendeen School is driving forward plans which will put learning outside at the centre of its ethos.

Charlotte Sweet, who took up her post as head in February, is overseeing a major re-development of the school site which includes extensive renovation and access improvements to the buildings and the introduction of new outdoor learning areas. 

For the youngest children a bespoke Early Years play area including a water wall, mud kitchen and construction areas is planned, as well as lots of opportunities for learning through open ended play opportunities. Older children will benefit from a poly tunnel for gardening and a trim trail on the front playground.

Miss Sweet said: “Learning outdoors offer huge benefits to children, from increasing physical activity, through to developing confidence and communication skills and learning about our environment. 

“We are lucky to have some wonderful outdoor spaces to use for play and learning at Pendeen School and these improvement projects will help us to create even more exciting learning opportunities for the children and enable us to get out there whatever the weather.” 

Pendeen School has a popular Eco Club as one of its after-school activities and the children have been working towards the Surfers Against Schools Plastic Free Schools status. 

Chair of governors Dr Fiona Wotton said: “We are delighted to welcome Miss Sweet as our new headteacher.  Having worked as a highly regarded class teacher and most recently as assistant head, Charlotte brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our community and we wish her well in developing this exciting new vision for learning in the school.” 

Pendeen School, which is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, was inspected by Ofsted in 2017 and rated as good in all areas.  The renovations to the school building and the outdoor learning areas are being funded by the Department for Education Condition Improvement Fund and donations from the Friends of the School Association and local charities.  A spokesperson for the trust said the renovations will be ready in time for the new school year in September.

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