Pontefract Academies Trust Invests in Outdoor Learning and Play

Published: November 23, 2022 3:20 pm

Pontefract Academies Trust is delighted to announce that they have invested a substantial amount of money into outdoor learning facilities for De Lacy Pontefract Primary School.

Children and staff are now able to take advantage of state-of-the-art playground equipment which includes planting areas, den making apparatus, and textured multi-coloured flooring to help heighten the senses and encourage creative play. The brand new areas also have an outdoor stage for performances, waterplay equipment designed to help strengthen problem-solving skills as well as bird and ladybird boxes to study their local natural surroundings and wildlife. The areas at the school have been created to help the children explore and discover as well as ignite their imagination and creativity.

The project has been designed primarily for early years ages 3,4 and 5 by award-winning educational playground specialist ESP Play but will be of benefit to the entire school community for years to come.

James Parkinson, Headteacher at De Lacy Primary School said: ”Our outdoor provision can provide pupils the opportunity to explore and develop independence as they access different areas of the early years curriculum through the fantastic provision that is now in place.”

Andrew Wood, Managing Director of ESP Play said: “We’re incredibly proud to work with Pontefract Academies Trust and delighted with the end result.  As a business we’ve worked with schools across the UK and are firm believers that our equipment helps to make young people more physically active, confident, healthy and determined to achieve.”

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