School grounds development and consultancy service :           

Children spend up to 25% of each school day in their school grounds.  An imaginatively designed and well-developed outdoor environment can have a very significant influence on their behaviour, development and academic achievement.


CEES’ School Grounds Support Service aims to encourage the development of the whole school grounds in order to create a rich resource for learning and play, and to advise on using the grounds for learning across the curriculum.


CEES’ school grounds specialists are qualified teachers and are experienced in delivering environmental education and providing advice on school grounds developments.


Areas for development

CEES offers advice on a wide range of themes across the key Stages including:



  • Wildlife areas
  • Dry gardens
  • Sensory areas and trails
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Equipment for imaginative and physical play
  • Seating and the creation of shade
  • Thomas Moore
  • Quiet areas
  • Playground markings
  • Wall art
  • Surfaces and pathways
  • Renewable energy gardens
  • Habitat creation - click here for guidance

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CEES’ school grounds development service can be tailored to specific needs and may include:


Working with adults:

  • Leading Governor and PTA meetings to facilitate the school grounds planning process
  • Giving presentations to local communities to raise the profile of the developments and ideally, to provide a source of funding, sponsorship and involvement at a local level
  • Leading whole staff training prior to site development
  • Leading staff training on the potential for using the school grounds after site development. Trails and activities may be devised by CEES staff to support numeracy, literacy, science, geography and many other curriculum areas

Working with pupils

  • Leading classroom-based design and planning activities for the school grounds development plan
  • Sharing a Powerpoint presentation providing ideas from other school grounds
  • Implementing appropriate aspects of the development plan with the children for example planting the vegetable garden
  • Leading outdoor lessons with pupils on a wide variety of themes including wildlife gardens, renewable energy, dry gardening, vegetable plots and many more
  • Leading curricular activities in the school grounds

Planning and implementation

  • Carrying out a whole site survey and review
  • Producing detailed plans and designs for developments (short, medium and long term)
  • Producing maintenance and planting calendars for wildlife areas and vegetable plots
  • Advising on suppliers and funding