Make do and mend is how many schools saw their future when the Building Schools for the Future and Primary Capital programmes were shelved by the incoming coalition government in 2010. Thousands of state schools were expecting much needed refurbishment and renovation but funding was removed for most. Instead, the government earmarked funds for a much smaller number of specified schools considered in greatest need.

But many schools are still desperate to renovate or expand to offer the sort of learning environment in which children want to, rather than have to, learn. In austere times, how can schools, both state and private, hope to improve student performance while continuing to teach in often sub-standard premises?

One answer is opting for smaller, high quality external buildings such as our modular school buildings that inject an eco-friendly ingredient that might quite easily get lost in major bricks and mortar projects. And they are much more cost-effective too.


Our timber-built outdoor classrooms are tailor-made and kitted out to any requirement. Their lighter but sturdy construction means they can be built on practically any site within weeks, not months, and often in school holidays. These mobile classrooms can even be packed up and rebuilt on another site in the school, given their adaptable design and foundation system.

Teachers can decide the exact design and location, and planning permission is often not needed – unlike major structural extensions, our outdoor classrooms can be built practically anywhere and may not affect the appearance of the whole school. Find out more on the modular building materials we use to create our environmentally friendly school buildings.


In fact, the arrival of a new outdoor classroom made out of Green Modular’s high proportion of recycled materials can have a major impact not only on improving the smooth running of a school but also on its curriculum. Teachers can integrate the new school building’s design, construction and green credentials into their lessons, encouraging children to “own” the outdoor modular classroom by having their say in what it can be used for, what furniture and equipment to install, and how they think they can learn better in a brand new environment.

In one recent example, Rowan Hill prep school, in Esher, Surrey, an eco-modular classroom has been sited next to the school’s eco-garden and pond. Every time the children study nature, they consolidate their knowledge in class next door in the outdoor modular school building – not ten minutes later at the other end of the school and concentration levels low. The children had determined the type of seating – cubed bean bags – and the teachers insisted on extra storage.


The prefabricated building also serves as a bolt-hole for extra- curricular activities such as music groups, who can now practice more often without fear of disturbing other lessons; staff meetings; other lessons; and social events.

Taking this route offers schools a golden opportunity to create an ideal learning environment with the optimum light, sound and temperature levels. School data gathered in an ongoing survey by secondary pupils in the UK and overseas shows how learning and education is being severely handicapped by all too common low light levels and high sound levels (in one case the decibel equivalent of a grand prix pit lane).

New outdoor modular school buildings can meet many needs – space, peace and quiet, privacy, inspiration – but few more important than giving children a voice in how they can learn better.

To possess your own cost-effective space solution, check out our finance options for mobile classrooms. Equally, if you’re interested in finding out what we can do for your school, call us today on 01582 805710.