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New PE Facilities - Design help needed.

Discussion in 'Scotland - curriculum' started by Snowy1977, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. My school (secondary 11-18, approx 1000 pupils built in 1965) has just been awarded funding to build new PE facilities (new rather than refurbish) and as a department we have been asked by our Head Teacher to put together a wish list for essential facilities / equipment.
    Looking for any advice / cautionary tales / design info / plans from any department / schools who have recently been through this process in order to maximise the facilitity.
    We have been awarded approx £5M with matched funding from our local authroity.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. My school (secondary 11-18, approx 1000 pupils built in 1965) has just been awarded funding to build new PE facilities (new rather than refurbish) and as a department we have been asked by our Head Teacher to put together a wish list for essential facilities / equipment.
    Looking for any advice / cautionary tales / design info / plans from any department / schools who have recently been through this process in order to maximise the facilitity.
    We have been awarded approx £5M with matched funding from our local authroity.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  3. popey45

    popey45 New commenter

    Hi Snowy

    We recently had a climbing wall added to one end of our sports hall. It was designed and built by a company based in Aviemore (Dream Climbing Walls I believe) and it is brilliant. Logistically it can be difficult due to ratios for doing the vertical climbing (1 to 6 recommended) but for traversing it can work really well especially for those less inclined towards PE. We then run extra curricular sessions for those wantin to be more adventurous and head up the wall. There have been huge benefits with the less PE-minded students. There are also opportunities for external lettings to make some financial gains for the scholl/department too.

    There have been 2 main drawbacks, other than the ratios. Firstly make sure that it doesn't encroach on any other parts of the hall such as basketball nets that may be suspended from the roof. Secondly, check the levels of your staff experience with climbing. None of our department were regular climbers so it has taken time for us to all build cofidence to teach on the wall, so much so that we still focus on traversing while another staff member outside of the dept who is a regular climber leads the other sessions. We are all getting there though and do really enjoy taking lessons on the wall.
     

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