“Our aim is to provide first class facilities which an excellent school like ours deserves and so enable pupils to fulfil their potential, wherever it lies” – Governor
In recent years, we have vastly improved our facilities at Winterfold and continue to do so.
In 2010, we completed a brand new classroom block with eight classrooms, Science labs, Art and CDT rooms. The new facility has been named The Fletcher Building in honour of Mr David Fletcher, Chairman of Governors 2003-2009. It was officially opened by Marchioness Hertford in June 2011. The Fletcher Building has given us increased classroom space and has meant that other areas of school have been developed accordingly. New classrooms have been created for Year 2 and Kindergarten 1, whilst three conservatory classrooms have been turned into two large rooms for Year 4.
A new Performing Arts Centre was completed in August 2011 and was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex in December 2011. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the appeal which has enabled us to build this first class facility for Music, Drama and Dance.
In November 2018, we opened a full size, all weather, floodlit AstroTurf pitch and a separate, floodlit multi-use games area with two tennis/netball courts. The specialist synthetic ‘Evo Pro’ sports surface is an ideal turf for multi-sport facilities, suitable for a number of sports, including recreational football and hockey. This floodlit, synthetic surface extends the playing hours available during the winter months when grass pitches may otherwise be unplayable.
In 2019, we built a new Adventure Playground with equipment to thrill and challenge all levels of skill.
March 2020 saw the exciting new addition of a Forest School here at Winterfold. There is a new shelter, which will be an outdoor classroom and the site has been put back to nature.
The Friends of Winterfold have funded a new bird hide, tool shed and the new Forest School suits for the children. There will be sections for each year group, from Nursery, through to Year 8, with plans to plant a herb garden, vegetable patch and an orchard.
The pond, which is said to have been a bomb crater, is already well established, with flora and fauna in abundance. A jetty has been built, so that the children can enjoy lessons in pond dipping.
Sustainability is of paramount importance to us here at Winterfold and we have been able to re-use materials we already have for the project.
Our new Forest School is an outstanding facility for our young pupils to explore the outdoors and enhance their learning and development. We look forward to taking groups of children to explore the Forest School area with pond, orchard, bird hide, shelter and fire pit. We aim to motivate, inspire and give the children a positive outdoor experience.
During July and August 2020, work began on the conversion of Kindergarten 1. The room has now been completely refurbished, with new seating area and separate space for eating. There are new toilets with nappy changing facilities, an outside play area for messy play, a home corner and quiet area. The children will have use of an ActivPanel and the room has completely new furnishings.