From the acres of playing fields to the warmth and liberating atmosphere of the Art and Design room, Howe Green House School has a rich and surprising variety of facilities, creative indoor and outdoor spaces and beautiful buildings at its disposal.
Each classroom is bright and spacious, with breakout areas for individual or small group work in the pre-prep with purpose built environments blending seamlessly with the charm of period buildings to create a unique ‘campus’ where children feel safe and inspired.
The Lodge houses Acorns Nursery as well as the Kindergarten and Reception classrooms. Free flow from inside to out enables the children to make the most of their spacious all weather play areas and generous gardens. Imagination and creativity abound as they work and play joyfully in these safe environments.
The historic main school building is home to the administration ‘business’ end of the school. Here you will find the school offices, including the Headmistress and Deputy Head and Head of the Pre-Prep as well as the Bursar and her team, including the school secretary.
It also accommodates the main music room, where the children are taught by a subject specialist right from Kindergarten all the way to Year 6 and is where the three school choirs (& the Parents’ Choir) rehearse each week. Individual music lessons take place around the school, including the Mozart Room and even in the high tech ‘Drum Truck’!
At the front of the main house are the lively and industrious classrooms for Year 1 and Year 2, with the Quiet Room adjacent – a space to provide one to one or small group support or extension sessions for the children in these two classes.
Breakfast club and after school care are accommodated in the demountable classroom, a generously sized and recently refurbished space with its own kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as a separate, large and secure garden for outdoor play.
A substantial and well-resourced library allows for a plethora of research and reading for pleasure with something to suit all tastes and abilities. This is connected to the large ICT suite which houses 25 networked PC’s as well as a bank of iPads – enabling both the teaching of discrete computing skills such as coding, spreadsheets, research and word processing as well as utilising constantly evolving educational Apps to support each curriculum area’s work across the school. Our IT technician is on hand to provide support from here, for both the children and for the smooth running of the school’s systems.
The outdoor play areas, used for playtimes, consist of both grassy, tree filled areas – within which the school pond nestles – and play equipment such as the wooden adventure playground and the vast sandpit and climbing frame.
A hard court area is available for ball games such as basketball, football and netball as well as the occasional bout of traditional playground games such as hopscotch and skipping.
The Bayford Hall is a beautiful, vaulted, beamed building – where a myriad of activities occur. From providing the location for Celebration and Class Assemblies, through ballet, gymnastics and basketball, via lunch, orchestra and the location of ‘Little Acorns’ our parent and toddler group – it is the central point of the school in more ways than one. It is a hive of activity at all times – and has been the venue for many Christmas Fayres and quiz nights organised by the Parents and Friends of Howe Green House.
A drama studio is housed above the Bayford Hall, and is used principally by the drama specialist teacher who teaches throughout the Juniors and who produces, alongside the Head of Music and class teachers, the annual summer school production and pre-prep Nativity play.
The Cedar Wall building is a fabulous, purpose built, eco-classroom block designed to accommodate the Juniors. All children in Years 3-6 receive the bulk of their lessons in these classrooms and all their personal equipment is stored in the ample locker rooms within. Designed to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter, this sedum roofed and cedar clad building contrasts pleasingly with the more traditional and historic areas surrounding it.
Sport at Howe Green House is a vital part of school life. Specialist PE teachers and coaches can be found on the netball and tennis court, in the Bayford Hall, or on one of the three fields where the pitches and athletics areas are located. The largest of these fields, Ladywell Field, is a spacious 7 acres ground where multi-school tournaments are often hosted and cross country practice and events are held.
Sometimes it is the most unusual spaces which demonstrate the strongest elements of life at Howe Green House School. Two of these are the Wilderness Space, a nature area equipped with rustic seating areas and wild plants and mini-beasts to discover and study and the Howe Green House Orchard. A place with heavily laden apple trees, whose fruit is collected by the children and transformed into apple juice which is sold to raise money for the Heads of school’s nominated charity.