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Official thumbs up for new playground

Published on 04/04/19

Great Yarmouth's mayor gave her official seal of approval to the school's new playground today - and the pupils loved it too!

Mayor Mary Coleman performed the official ribbon cutting for the £30,000 new early years area, before joining pupils in some celebratory cake.

The new playground area includes balance bars, a trike track, a tunnel tower, climbing net, and slide - all specifically designed for younger children.

There are also covered and open spaces for learning and exploration.

The area has a mix of paved, rubber mulch, and artificial grass surfaces to maximise year-round use.

Opening the playground, Mrs Coleman joked about how during her own teaching days the play areas often had concrete bases leading to bumps and scratches, but was pleased to see the new facilities have a much safer approach.

The early years work is part of a long-term programme of improvements to outside areas at the academy, following on from a £210,000 redevelopment to the main playground in 2016 and a further £20,000 refurbishment last year.

Great Yarmouth Primary principal Pete Bloomfield said: "We had a few children test run the playground over the last few days to check everything worked as we expected, but today is the first day they can really get out and enjoy it and we can't get them off!

"The area has been specifically designed to allow for outside learning as well as play, so it will bring lots of benefits to the school.

"We are already planning to expand the area and looking at how we can introduce themed gardens, like a biology garden, that will provide an attractive space but also feed back into lessons."

The mayor was joined by her consort, Barry Coleman, the leader of the borough council Graham Plant, and Norfolk County Council member Mick Castle.

The school was formally represented by chair of governors Jim Longfield and governor Mark Rose.

After the opening the mayor and councillors were given a tour of the school by Mr Bloomfield.