One of the areas with most potential for improvement in St Peter's is the laboratory. The school received partial funding from the government 13 years ago which was used to construct the shell of the space. However, the space is still unusable due to a lack of furnishings. Currently, the lab is unused and students only receive demonstrations for science lessons.
The laboratory has lied unfinished for many years. It currently has little more equipment than partly installed water lines and bases for lab benches. Teachers have told us that the lab is not used at all for lessons as it does not have chairs or benches. Students' learning consists only of demonstrations despite there being enough chemicals, containers and burners for individual use.
The addition of chairs and benches would allow the lab to be used by the students for practical lessons. This is our first priority in this project. In addition, repairing the ceiling and windows would improve the working environment of the lab. Further to this, the teachers have cited the completion of the water system as something that would increase efficiency in lessons significantly.
The lab is currently one of the largest spaces in the school, giving it significant potential. It also has a ceiling which means it stays cool during the day and quiet when it rains. By making this space usable; not only will students have improved access to practical science lessons, but the space will also become a multi-functional one which can be appropriated for a range of lessons.