Bennerley Fields School,
Stratford Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8QZ

Land and Buildings

Our Early Years Department is housed in a separate building and has its own outside space with suitable play equipment.

The extension that houses our Community Room was officially opened in 2011. As part of this building work, the school gained a Therapy/Meeting Room and a Sensory Room.

Around the main school building, we have extensive playing fields and open spaces with each Key Stage having its own playground. There is a large polytunnel in our school garden where the children can learn how to grow plants and vegetables.

Down near the canal, there is a more natural expanse of land which has two fenced ponds and a large wooden bridge spanning a marshy area.

Our wonderful new Sensory Garden in our enclosed school courtyard was officially opened on 9th June 2014.

Local artist Richard Janes has created sculptures that represent earth, air, fire and water. There are two large metal sculptures featuring pupils’ artwork, an earth seat, an air seat, a wooden fire sculpture and a water feature; a large aqua globe and pool with glass pebbles. There is also an artificial lawned area, a gravelled area, a large potted acer tree and raised brick planting beds with grasses.

The garden gives our pupils a safe place to explore and encourages their sensory development. It aids their communication skills and encourages social interaction through play and exploration.