During the summer of 2020 we successfully applied for a footpath diversion order, to enable us to move a public right of way that divided our school site into two parts, to its new route around the perimeter of our school site.
Now our site security strategy is complete, our site has opened up to include our sports field. We have installed a new footpath allowing the public to access the wonderful Whiteleaf and Chiltern Hills beyond from the centre of our village of Monks Risborough. The footpath is 3 meters wide, on a level grass surface with open access ensuring that all mobility impaired users, youngsters on bicycles, families with buggies and groups of walkers can utilise the route.
We would like to thank all of those who supported our project;
The Friends of Monks Risborough School
Buckinghamshire Planning Team
The Chiltern Society
The Cadsden & Whiteleaf Residents Society
Risborough Rangers Football Team
Princes Risborough Town Council
The Grand Works, who administered our successful application for an HS2 community grant that funded 50% of the project.
March 2021 our project is complete.
We hope and encourage as any people as possible to use the new footpath to access the beautiful countryside above our school. Walking routes can be found on the following websites;
The Ramblers https://www.ramblers.org.uk
The Chiltern Society https://chilternsociety.org.uk
We invite local community groups and individuals to utilise our new open site with its enhanced security and accessibility. Please contact our school admin team to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01844345590
Our children now enjoy our complete site at every opportunity;
During playtimes and lunchtime.
Throughout our extensive programme of after school clubs and wrap around care.
Alongside every curriculum opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and bring outdoor learning to the forefront of our curriculum.
We will be launching the Forest School initiative soon, this focuses on nature based learner led exploration and discovery. Alongside this we also have a vision of each class having their own allotment to tend. Working with our experiences of running a successful Gardening Club for many years, we hope to encourage our children and staff to go outside and get grubby by growing their own groceries!