Outside, the expansion of the secondary playing field was completed; a new enlarged rugby grade astro-turf pitch has been put in place and the primary playgrounds have been resurfaced and redesigned.
All of the second floor of the primary school building (KS1 and Lower KS2) has been refurbished and redecorated, along with the swimming pool and the dining hall which has also been enlarged. We have also had a lift built and replaced the air conditioning system in the Early Years Cubs and KS1.
In the secondary school the Learning and Resources Centre has also been redesigned and refurbished.
We are all very pleased with the new learning environments that have resulted from the changes that we have made and the reaction of returning staff and parents has been very positive and complimentary.
Read below what our staff who worked on each of these projects think of the developments that we’ve made.
Learning Resource Centre in Secondary
Sarah Marnat Olivera, Secondary Librarian
“The Learning Resource Centre has been renovated in order to make it a more enjoyable place for students and staff. They are now able to study, but also to relax and enjoy their reading.”
Primary Dining Hall
Sam Rae, Deputy Head for Admissions, Transitions and Transfers
"The changes to the primary dining hall created a lot more space for the students to move around and dine. We also increased the number of serving hatches, speeding up the serving of food and giving the students more time to enjoy their delicious lunches. The changes have definitely had a positive impact on students and staff, making lunch time a more relaxed experience."
Paul Kelly, Head of Key stage 4 and formally Director of Sport
“Summer renovations at BISS Puxi have allowed us to develop our already high spec sports facilities. A refurbished Primary swimming pool and 4th Generation AstroTurf coupled with additional athletics and basketball facilities in Secondary have enabled the PE department to offer even more options to our students both in lessons and through our ECA and BISCAP programmes.
These changes have allowed us to offer additional football and rugby programmes. We can now also offer an extended athletics ECA which includes jumps and throws, this was not possible before due to the number of other ECAs taking place.”
Lakshmi Ramnarayan, Primary Librarian
“The Primary Library has been refurbished to create a bright, stimulating and exciting ambience for children in all age groups in Primary. Low height shelving and special shelving for picture books allows younger pupils to explore and access books without adult help. The fluid, free flowing layout lets older children explore books at their own pace and built-in seating gives them a comfortable nook to curl up when they find a favourite. We have also been steadily investing in making our collection more comprehensive - we have added more than 4,000 new volumes across genres and age groups to keep pace with our ravenous readers!”
Key Stage 1 corridor
Marie Monro, Head of Key Stage 1
“The Key Stage1 corridor has changed quite dramatically and we’re already seeing the benefits playing out for the children and teaching staff. All the changes were made with the aim of making the flow through the school more comfortable for children and helping them to thrive as they move up through Years 1 and 2. The children’s reactions to the new corridor and the newly decorated classrooms have been very positive and they are enjoying having some input into how their classrooms are set up.”