Rain in Library Earns extra OFSTED Points

What lunatic would have thought about putting a fully functioning Rainforest experience in a school library? Errrm well that’ll be our Sam Stevens, director of Design Services. An empty tired library space at Silverdale school, much as you’ll find in most schools across the UK, was a space just begging to have something done to it to ensure that the first question every morning that the kids would ask is “ Miss when can we go into the Rainforest Library ???”

Whole Silverdale Team Behind Project

So… with a design brief to make the area, some 100 sq metres , into something Awesome with that all prevailing WOW!! factor. We set to work. Liz miles head teacher and her team were fully behind the design workshops and sessions we ran at the school and I must say the team produced a stroke of genius in the ‘Rainforest Library’ still one of our favourite and most compelling projects.

Specialist Suppliers Needed For The Project Complexity

A 3d model of the area was produced so all could be viewed from every angle and space planning and movement around the area checked in advance of signing the project off and Learning Spaces building the thing. Specialist suppliers were used for the Rainforest trees and canopy  foliage, a Treehouse built, Aztec stone columns, wavy book cases, an array of AV equipment which allowed full wall projection and the inimitable rainforest birdsong and animal sounds to be piped out through a speaker system . Phew!!!!! I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

An Absolute Hit With Pupils And Staff Alike

Suffice to say the school were delighted and the kids LOVE the area. Literacy attainment has never been so good and OFSTED… The school not only achieved outstanding status for all the fantastic work they do but they gave the school an extra credit for their ‘Green Credentials’ based on the success of the Rainforest Library project

Thanks OFSTED

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