The opening campaign was a great success, getting us walking to school, recycling more efficiently, and measurably reducing our use of energy and single use plastics. But with the advent of an exciting new development at the school, our Science, Music, Drama and Debating Centre, we decided to take the project further, undertaking a more detailed study of the school’s green infrastructure, and looking at how we could use nature to enhance the indoor learning environment for our students every day.
It is no secret that when it comes to physical and mental wellbeing, the benefits of spending time outdoors, fresh air, sunshine, greenery, are hard to beat. They have a wonderful effect, allowing us to calm our minds in ways that actually stimulate us into better creative thinking. But how could we translate this to the classroom environment, particularly in a busy London school, with the challenges that we all share simply by living and working in a major city?