Bushey school introduces fairy garden as safe space for pupils

The independent school has reopened to some pupils after making significant changes to its facilities, such as creating a fairy garden for young pupils

An independent day and boarding school in Bushey has introduced a new fairy garden for its youngest pupils, as they returned to school after months in lockdown.

St Margaret’s School reopened its doors on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6, in line with government advice, after making significant changes to its facilities and classrooms to ensure high levels of safety are maintained for both staff and pupils. For the youngest pupils, the school has created a fairy garden – a space where children can “relax, learn and eat in a safe environment”.

Lara Péchard, head at St Margaret’s School, said: “Like every school across the country we have been presented with a challenging scenario. We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on our eating and restroom facilities to reduce the risk of infection. We’ve turned our orchard into an extension of our dining room so that more pupils and staff can eat outside and so that our ‘bubbles’ remain isolated.”

We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on our eating and restroom facilities to reduce the risk of infection

The school has created more teaching spaces outside over its 60-acre campus. Larger classrooms and halls are being used to create learning ‘bubbles’ where desks can be kept apart.

Péchard said: “Safety is the priority and as we plan for the next phase of reopening, we are now looking at how our junior school ‘bubbles’ can be housed in our sports facility in our dance studio and gym. We are also expecting to use our senior school buildings, including our art studio, to accommodate more isolated learning ‘bubbles’.

“We’ve been hugely impressed by the resilience and the level of maturity our children have shown and it is great to see them back in school again.”

A pupil at St Margaret’s
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