A nursery school has shown itself to be top of the class after being given an award for providing “meaningful learning” outside the classroom.

Malvern Way Infant and Primary School, in Malvern Way, in Croxley Green, has been honoured with a Learning Outside The Classroom (LOtC) Mark Gold accreditation.

Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), the accreditation recognises “exemplary” LOtC provision in schools which ensure all pupils have access to frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom to support their learning and achievement.

Malvern Way spokesperson Emma Cole said: “Being awarded LOtC Mark (Gold) is a real coup for all the staff and Governors here as it shows that we are working hard to provide our pupils with potentially life-changing opportunities.

“We're thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award to continue to develop our LOtC provision and contribute to the promotion of the many benefits of taking teaching and learning outside of the classroom walls.”

Mrs Stephen, LOtC (Learning Outside The Classroom) coordinator, added: “As part of our dedication to providing the children at Malvern Way with inspiring and exciting learning experiences, we have been working towards the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Gold Award.

“This is the highest award that recognises a schools commitment to providing outstanding learning outside the classroom and ensures all children have access to meaningful LOtC experiences. After years of preparation, including teacher training, we were ready to apply and last term we were visited by the LOtC assessor.

“We were thrilled when we were successful and awarded the LOtC Gold Mark recognising the exemplary LOtC provision at Malvern Way, indicating that it is a leader in ensuring that all pupils have access to frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom.”