The Lake Project

At Clayesmore, we are blessed to have a beautiful lake within our grounds and we now hope to develop this area into a space in which all our pupils can learn outdoors and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.  Every Old Clayesmorian has memories from their schooldays, from Lake Warfare in the 1950s to raft building, pond dipping, kayaking and sailing and we want our current and future students to enjoy its many treasures, too.    Pupils of all ages, from Nursery to Sixth Form, will benefit across all areas of the curriculum.  There is something for everyone: from performing Shakespeare in the Amphitheatre to meditation in the Quiet Zone.

In addition to the projects detailed below, we hope the whole area will evolve as more ideas come to fruition.


Outdoor Classroom

The build is underway and due for completion in June 2021

After a series of delays due to the current pandemic, we are absolutely thrilled to see work on our new outdoor classroom finally begin.  Head of Prep, Jonathon Anderson was on site to welcome the team.  This classroom will be a fully insulated, partially glazed wooden structure with a shingle roof and will provide shelter and a space in which all lessons can take place. 

Develop the Mountain Bike Track

£4,000 (£3,200 with Gift Aid)

The mountain bike track enables students to develop cycling skills onsite with enthusiastic and qualified staff.  Investment in laying a compacted aggregate pathway will allow for year round use of the trails and reduce the time required to clean bikes.  A timber ramp will provide the momentum required to overcome the flat profile of the site.


Pontoon for Pond Dipping

Kindly sponsored by the Old Clayesmorian Society

The lake contains a wealth of pond life and our budding biologists will be able to take advantage of this pontoon to collect samples and study the increased biodiversity in and around the water.




£7,500 (£6,000 with Gift Aid)

This will be a wonderful performance space for music and drama performances.  Perfectly located at the edge of the senior athletics field and built within a natural bank of earth.  It will also provide a unique teaching area during the summer months.

Nature Trail

Work is underway.  Year 6 pupils have been making and installing bird boxes around the Lake.  Careful research was undertaken to discover the different types of boxes preferred by different birds.  We can now expect nuthatches, robins and blue tits to take up residence!  


Bespoke seating area for the quiet zone

The build is underway and due for completion in June 2021

This will be a quiet area for pupils to relax and take time out on a beautiful, curved 20 metre hardwood bench.  From this situation, at the edge of lake, students will be able to enjoy the views and watch the wildlife.