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Boys at play

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a green oasis in SW7

The school is privileged to have access to a secure garden to the rear of the school. 

The garden is locked away from the general public and when in school use it comprises a small collection of play areas and table tennis tables set among a weaving collection of footpaths, trees, plants, and shrubs. There are benches and quiet spaces scattered around in which boys can sit and read or simply chat with friends and, alongside our 30 acres at Barn Elms, the garden is one of the lungs of the school.

The garden is open each day before the start of assemblies. It falls quiet during lessons and wakes up as boys use it to let off steam in their morning break and at lunchtime. As far as is reasonable, each boy uses it as much as possible each day.

We take the boys' play time in the garden seriously. Aside from being good for their physical development and general wellbeing, we understand that if they are to achieve any level of focus in lessons, it is vital that they are able to enjoy an open-air outlet for their natural energy at regular intervals. Within reason, they are encouraged outside whatever the weather.

In the past it has been used in the summer months for table tennis clubs, garden parties, barbecues, drinks receptions, and the annual summer fair. 

It is also the venue in which our eldest boys receive their Common Entrance results in their final term at St Philip's.

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