The historic façade of our Taverham Hall campus belies the fine facilities within. Purpose-built classrooms, interactive technology, new computing suites, a state-of-the-art sports hall and extensive grounds ensure Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall provides excellent facilities.
Children are growing up in a world dominated by technology. Being comfortable around computers and other modern ‘gadgets’, as well as enjoying access to ample outdoor space and learning environments, traditional sports and creative facilities is essential for a balanced 21st century education.
Outdoor Classroom – opened by Russell McAlinden, Eastern Chair of the Institute of Outdoor Learning, on 13 November 2013 – see note below.
Sports Hall – opened by Nick Knight on 12 January 2006 – see note below.
Pre-Prep Early Years building – opened by Richard W Jewson Esq. on 9 June 2000. An additional new Early Years building was opened on 25 November 2011 by artist and illustrator Peter Kavanagh.
The John Peel Centre for Design & Technology – opened by John Peel’s daughter Mrs Anthea Dodsworth on 17 September 1999. Refurbished in 2012.
Pre-Prep building – opened by Lady Mary Colman on 26 January 1989.
Music block – opened by Sir Peter Pears CBE on 23 October 1982.
Indoor swimming pool
Sports Hall: shared by Early Years, Pre-Prep and Prep departments our magnificent Sports Hall provides space and equipment for a multitude of indoor sports, hobbies and clubs. These include PE, hockey, netball, cricket practice, badminton and tennis.
Parents are also invited to make use of the facility with our Friday Football afternoon. For further details please contact the School Office.
Outdoor Classroom & Pizza Oven: Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is passionate about the use of its outstanding grounds and is dedicated to the model where pupils are able to extend their learning outside of the classroom.
The School’s unique ‘Woodland Classroom’ is located within its stunning 100 acre parkland grounds. It is a timber frame building, with a living, sedum roof which offers an alternative environment to the traditional classroom, giving pupils a chance to experience the beautiful and enchanting grounds of the Taverham Hall campus, all year round. It acts as a base for Forest School lessons, in the winter in particular, and offers a relaxing and calming environment for classes to be held across the curriculum. Roll down canvas panels allow it to be used in all weathers and a sink with running water allows for many other activities to go on as well as the normal Forest School lessons.
Pupils have helped with the construction of this classroom through building the cob walls (a natural material made from straw, soil and clay, sourced largely from the school grounds) on the lower part of the classroom. The classroom is used not only for Forest School classes for pupils in Early Years through to those in the Prep School, but also on a subject specific basis for all pupils such as Geography lessons, Maths investigations as well as serving as an open air venue in the summer for Music, Drama and History performances.
The building was commissioned by the School’s Development Committee, who raised funds for large scale projects that benefit the whole school community within the wider curriculum. Local sponsorship and support was offered by NGF Play, who built and managed the project, as well as Taverham Garden Centre who supplied the living roof.
A cob outdoor Pizza Oven built by the pupils themselves in 2016 also forms part of this wonderful outdoor facility.
Outside sport facilities
- high spec Astro Turf situated just outside the school grounds on Beech Avenue – see note below.
- Tennis and Netball courts – refurbished Spring 2014
- Cricket pitches and nets
- Rugby pitches – mini/tag rugby also takes place
- Athletics fields
- Football areas
The high spec astro turf facility was opened by Dutch International Hockey player Taeke Taekema and ex-GB player Brett Garrard on 27 May 2012.
The artificial turf of our astro turf facility is a high spec product manufactured in Holland by Edel Grass and was the first pitch of this kind laid in Europe. It uses a yarn developed by TenCate who are a market leader in advanced textiles and material technologies. The yarn used is micro curled and then woven to provide a dense non directional pile on which to play hockey. This development has global accreditation from Federation International de Hockey (FIH) which is the highest standard available. The carpet has a unique integrated backing system laid on a shock absorbing layer on top of an engineered sub base. The prime aim of this backing is to retain water within the carpet to maintain its low sliding resistance making it a fast pitch. This gives the pitch long term stability with perfect damping and shock absorption. The net effect is predictable and fast ball roll and enables players of all levels to learn and improve their game as its playing characteristics are the same as used at the highest levels in the game.
The School also have ample space in the grounds for golfers to practise shots and enjoy the golf club, conveniently located next door to the School.
Outdoor Pizza Oven – designed and constructed by pupils of the School during the Summer of 2016.
New Wildlife and Science Pond – for pond dipping for science-based projects.
Garden – planting beds provide a garden area for childrens’ green fingers.
River Wensum – Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall enjoy fishing rights on the Wensum River, which runs through the school grounds. Canoeing also takes place on the river.
Forest – den building, bush craft and bird watching all take place in the school’s beautiful woodland alongside our highly acclaimed Forest School programme.
Outdoor play equipment – situated in all areas from Early Years through to Pre-Prep and the Prep School.