Bigger Brighter Classrooms Complete Prep School Refit
Year 6 and 7 boys have started the year with more light, space, comfort and a new respect for their learning environment following the final stage of renovations in the Prep School.
The newly-painted classrooms have been linked with neighbouring classrooms by internal windows and glass doors, making them much lighter and brighter, while the removal of old lockers has made them significantly bigger.
There’s also new desks, chairs, carpet and storage facilities and the boys and teachers are appreciating spending their days in a much more comfortable space.
Year 6 teacher Mrs Nicole Malthus, who is teaching in the same classroom as she was last year, said it was a fantastic transformation.
Aside from being able to teach in a brighter, bigger classroom, Mrs Malthus said she could already see a difference in the way the different classes were coming together. “Previously the Year 6s weren’t very connected,” Mrs Malthus said, describing how the separate classrooms were blocked off from each other. “Now, we can open the glass doors and team teach and just do the same sort of classes. It’s great… The new furniture and fresh paint has also given the boys new respect for their classroom environment.”
Head of the Prep School, Richard Wright, said it was an incredible opportunity for the staff and the boys to work in bright new learning environments.
Year 6NM boy Ellis Ormonde was particularly fond of the new chairs which he said were much more comfortable than the old ones. “You can kind of rock back and forward on them,” he said. “It’s been scientifically proven that boys learn better when they’re moving.”
The new classrooms mark the end of a total refit of the Prep School over the last four years, which has also allowed for a significant growth in student numbers.