10:18am Tuesday 24th April 2012
PRIME Minister David Cameron has been invited to an Oldbury school to tour a sensory nature trail, which is claimed to be the best in the country.
The outdoor facility at The Meadows Sports College special school has been two years in the making and designed to enhance the students’ learning experience.
Latest acquisitions are two talking litter bins in the shape of a robin and a penguin, along with 20 rock speakers and plasma screens installed in two new outdoor classrooms.
Principal Gordon Phillips said: “We have created the best sensory nature trail in the whole country. I have written to David Cameron inviting him to come and see it any time he likes.”
The bins were paid for from sponsorship money Mr Phillips gained from completing his annual 5k fundraising run and site manager Trevor Lloyd made the outdoor furniture, including a large reading chair with carvings.
The ambitious headteacher still has ideas for future additions - and is planning an Indian reservation and a version of Dudley Castle.
The school has also won £250 worth of National Garden gift vouchers and a plaque from the Royal Horticultural Society after completing all five levels of its Campaign for School Gardening in just four weeks.
Mr Phillips said: “Most schools take two years to gain the five levels, but we’ve been gardening here for years, and were already doing what a lot of the levels wanted.
“This is a very pleasing award to have won.There has been a lot of effort put in by staff, and especially the students, and it really is great that this has now been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
“Students have learnt so much and have enjoyed their varied and challenging gardening and horticultural experiences.”
The Meadows has also won the national Schools Network Inclusive Schools Award at the extending level.
“This is great achievement for the school and recognises the school’s commitment to ensuring everyone within the community is valued, respected and supported,” added Mr Phillips.
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