Herries is based around what used to be the family home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of the famous children's book "The Wind in the Willows." The original building has been extended and modified significantly since then, to create classrooms, school hall and Nursery.
One of the earliest extensions to the original house was the Nursery, built in 1997 as a flat roofed extension from the back of the main house. The rear wall has been decorated with a beautiful mural, depicting characters from the classic children's story "Wind in the Willows".
In 1999, the front of the school was extended, creating an additional pair of classrooms, one as a classroom and the other fitted out as a modern ICT room, complete with interactive whiteboard, networked PCs and specialised computer desks.
The most recent extension to the school has been the new school hall, over doubling the size of the previous hall and providing a space which is now truly multi-functional, as an assembly hall, dining room, indoor sports gymnasium and an excellent venue for school drama productions.
The same hall is also used for the occasional birthday party, and near the end of the Summer term, goes through an almost miraculous transformation into an indoor marquee for the children's Leaver's Ball.
This facility has even hosted a Fashion Show, put on by the Herries Parents' Association with designer dresses modelled by Herries mums!
Herries have recently had the kitchens re-furbished with modern catering equipment, creating an up-to-date environment for the provision of the pupils' daily lunch.
The grounds include a hard play area, big enough for a full sized netball court, where children can play ball sports during break time. In addition, a separate grassy area provides adequate space for the children's daily playtime in good weather.