New outdoor vocational centre for Braunton School

Joseph Bulmer

School hoping to offer far more to students with a variety of land based, agricultural and vocational courses.

BRAUNTON School has been granted planning permission to add a new dimension to its curriculum with the creation of an area that will enable students to learn a whole new range of skills.

The school intends to create a dedicated Vocational Outdoor Learning Environment to engage students in vocational studies not usually found in the average classroom.

Working closely with Bicton College it is hoping to become a hub that will offer courses on topics such tractor operation, woodland management, farm conservation, hedge laying, dry stone walling plus other agricultural and land based topics.

Initial planning has focused on the installation of polytunnels, raised garden beds, fruit cages and workshops.

There are also further plans submitted to build an outdoor meeting area for staff to bring whole classes outside for lessons.

“What is really exciting about the proposal is the ideas and developments that happen will come from the students,” said Andy Parsons, Director of Vocational learning.

“This will be a resource that is designed, maintained and benefitted from by our students and future students at Braunton School.”

He said it would offer a valuable vocational learning resource that would help numbers of students in their future careers.