SSSI Area within Grace Dieu Manor School

Schools and Nurseries – An Invitation to experience beauty and diversity at Grace Dieu

Grace Dieu Manor School is set within 120 acres of lovely countryside. Part of our grounds include an area designated by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and this area has recently undergone complete regeneration.

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We have 11 acres of land that has now been protected for future generations: 6 acres of woodland, 4 acres of meadow (including a wetland meadow area), a sizable pond which is fed by a freshwater spring, and an abundance of flora and fauna. The SSSI is a beautiful and tranquil place. It is perfect for field trips and ideally suited to ALL Key Stages (1-5) whether that be ‘Forest School’ activities, den building, pond dipping, observations, Gruffalo trails (a popular one!), data gathering, cooking, art and photography and much more.

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A central tenet of being a Catholic school is that we seek, where possible, to advance the charitable aims and objectives of Grace Dieu. A tangible sense of ‘community’ is integral to who we are and underpins the educational enterprise at Grace Dieu, and being a ‘community’ extends beyond the school gates. Sharing the grounds at Grace Dieu with our local community, bringing together our partner schools, using the SSSI to full advantage, is a means by which this can be achieved.

We extend the opportunity for local schools to benefit from using these grounds to further their pupils’ education. It is available to you at no cost.

To book your school in to spend time in the SSSI area please contact the School and speak to Mrs Iley or Mr Small who will be happy to discuss this with you.

Mr Peter Fisher – Headmaster

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Safety sheet for pond dipping click here to open

Safety sheet for studies out of the classroom click here to open