Denfield Park Primary School improves play area thanks to Spire Homes grant
Published by Ceri Jackson for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Councillor John Farrar celebrates with staff and children from the school
Spire Homes’ community grants fund has enabled a school in Rushden to create a new and exciting play area for its youngest children. Chairman, Councillor John Farrar officially opened the play area on 9th July with staff and children from the school.
Following the amalgamation of Hayway Infant and Nursery School and Denfield Park Junior School a new school, Denfield Park Primary School was established. The school was part of an extensive new build project but the Nursery play area was a blank canvas.
The school wanted something different for their playground, and Angela Griffiths, Headteacher said, “We had an initial dream of somewhere children could expand on life experiences – a magical place where imagination, language, social and physical skills could develop naturally and spontaneously”
With the support of a community grant from Spire Homes and fundraising activities they have developed a small patch of ground into a wonderful adventure play area.
Angela said: “The children now have a fabulous play area with a cave, a bridge and a tree house. There is even a sandpit equipped with pulleys and buckets and a fireman’s pole if we need to move quickly! We can find fossils on the pathway and the construction zone is perfect for role –play activities. It was lovely to see the children’s faces light up on their first visit!”
The staff and children would like to say thank you to Spire Homes for the part they played in the development of such a great play space.