Cambridgeshire school’s vision of new learning zone

Cambridgeshire County Council is helping a school achieve its vision to provide a new learning zone fit for the 21st century where children can learn using the latest technology.

Icknield Primary School in Sawston has received council funding for renovations to a section of the school building that included a resources room, IT suite and a smaller school library.

Several walls have been knocked through to create a new, more attractive open space with new furniture where pupils can learn in a more relaxed environment using Google Chromebooks and laptops, or where reading and group learning can take place.

However, the school needs to raise approximately £10,000 to enable this vision to become a reality and on Thursday, the school welcomed parents to view its plans for the area.

Jonathan Lewis, Service Director for Education, was also present for the launch, while the school has so far raised an estimated £1,500 from the Sawston Fun Run on 12th May.

After seeing the plans for the learning zone, which will be known as The CommuniTree Hub, the visitors were given a guided tour of other new parts of the school, including The Captain’s Cabin, a Nature Hotel and an Animal Petting Zone.

Overall, the council has contributed £700,000 to the renovation work taking place at the school.

He said: “We are delighted to be supporting this project, which will enable pupils to learn using the latest technology and in an environment that is supportive of their needs.

“All schools need to move with the times and I welcome these changes which will enable the school to continue to provide a good education for its pupils.”

Anneka Stockdale, the school’s Headteacher, said: “The school is in a 1970s building which was looking quite old and rundown and these renovations have helped to freshen up the building.

“The area that will be occupied by the CommuniTree Hub was quite dark with no natural light, so we want to provide a brighter space which is much more suitable to learning and enables the children to use the latest technology easily within it.”

A funding page has been set up for the project. To donate, visit