The Clayesmore School Shepherd’s Hut Project


Who says shepherd huts aren’t educational?! Well no one, probably, and they certainly won’t when they see what the pupils at Clayesmore School in Dorset have been getting up to with one of our huts!

We supplied Years 9, 10 and 11 at the school with a self-build shepherd hut back in May and they’ve been working on its construction for a month, ready to complete in at the beginning of July.

Here’s what the children have to say about the process: ‘We’ve loved building our Blackdown Shepherd Hut. We came across many challenges, including the window frames and wall cladding, but Mr Burton’s judgement, Miss Horwell’s patience and Mr Richards’ brainpower made sure that we soon overcame these obstacles. We don’t think we will ever get those fuzzy hairs off our clothes from the wool insulation on the inside of the hut!’

The shepherd hut will be used for a range of things on school grounds when it’s complete – from Open Days to a bird hide at the school lake, as a stage for music events, cinema, fieldwork centre for Biology, Geography, as a reading room for all ages, and a play centre for the Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School. Who knew shepherd huts were so versatile?!

The Blackdown Shepherd Hut was purposely purchased with the quad wheels so it can move around the Clayesmore campus, which is 62 acres and there numerous locations to choose from, so children throughout the school will be able to enjoy its many benefits.

The hut will be unveiled for senior parents to admire on Speech Day on 7th July.

Jess, a Year 10 pupil, had this to say about the whole hut construction experience: “When we stepped back and admired our work we realised quite how much we had achieved, and how significantly our skills had developed. We learned so much about working as a team, and about the materials we were using, and we gained so much experience on what it is like to build something on this scale. We can’t wait to see it out and about on the Clayesmore Campus.’

We can’t wait to see the finished hut, and well done to you all!


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June 28, 2017