Over the summer Swansea Campus entered the national Focus competition to upgrade a traditional classroom to an SDL area.  The Years 7-10 students from every campus throughout UK and Europe were given the challenge of designing, planning and creating a room suitable for self-directed learning with a budget of £1500.

As part of the competition, the students had to provide evidence of what they had done.  First prize was £1000 and runners up received £500.

Our team of students gave up a lot of their summer holidays to carry out this work: designing, planning, shopping, stripping out, scraping, sanding, painting, decorating and furnishing.  As we already have a full SDL centre for our Years 7-13 students, we decided to upgrade Mr Gratrix’s old classroom to create an SDL area for our Years 3-6 students.  This will enable them to become self-directed learners from an early age.

Check out the pictures below to see what a fantastic transformation was made for less than £750!

There was a special assembly for all Focus campuses at 9 am on Friday 21 October to announce the winners of the SDL Classroom Upgrade Competition and we’re very excited to announce that Swansea Campus is the runner-up for the West Region.  As our prize we have been awarded £500 and a trophy.  The video we submitted for the competition will be available on our website shortly.


Click here to see the official video announcement of winners from Focus.

A summary of the winners:

North Region Runner-Up Caledonia (Millden) Campus
North Region Winner Knockloughrim Campus
East Region Runner-Up Stoke by Nayland Campus
East Region Winner Kenley Campus
West Region Runner-Up Swansea Campus
West Region Winner Plymouth Campus
Europe Runner-Up Westerlee Campus
Europe Winner Paris Campus