Published: September 30, 2020 12:09 pm

Pontefract Academies Trust is delighted to announce that they have invested around £90,000 into outdoor learning facilities for Halfpenny Lane and The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery 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 both schools 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.

Chief Executive Officer of Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said: “Outdoor learning is a great way to engage with children and bring their classroom projects to life. The feedback from the children, parents and staff to their new facilities has been phenomenal and we’re delighted to be able to invest in their future learning endeavours.”

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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