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School Reception Areas

The school reception area is vital part of the school. It is often also the school office and where the administration holding the school together occurs. It is also the first place that a visitor comes to and can affect their perception of the school. Unfortunately reception areas tend to get overlooked when building budgets are discussed and the quality of such an area can vary widely from school to school.

We have put together the top likes and dislikes of school reception areas and would be interested to hear your comments on this.


1. Clearly sign- posted.

2. Smartly decorated.

3. Displays of student's work.

4. Friendly administrator!

5. Comfortable seating area.

6. To be offered a coffee/tea.

1. Nowhere near the car park and hard to find.

2. Not sign-posted within the school.

3. Hatches that are designed for children and are at  waist level.

4. Very old decor.

5. No-one there.

6. Nowhere to sit.


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