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Making playtime more enjoyable for West Norfolk school




New outdoor facilities are providing primary school children in Pott Row with a more enjoyable playtime as well as enhancing PE lessons.

Holly Meadows School raised over £7,000 for the equipment which includes a climbing wall, pull-up bars, balancing beams and other trim trail equipment.

Tesco’s Bags of Help grant contributed £2,000 for the equipment, while £1,500 was raised during MeadowFest, a PTA-organised event at the school in June.

Teaching Assistant Fiona Bearton and headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton, bottom right, with pupils at the school on their new trim trail
Teaching Assistant Fiona Bearton and headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton, bottom right, with pupils at the school on their new trim trail

Chairperson of the PTA, Emma Whitmore, was instrumental in organising MeadowFest, which included a dog show.

Headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton said, despite it being early days, the children are making good use of the new facilities.

She said: “It is designed to meet the needs of all children rather than just one type of group.

Pupils at Holly Meadows Primary School on their new trim trail.. (18760491)
Pupils at Holly Meadows Primary School on their new trim trail.. (18760491)

“The children have now got much more to do at playtime and it can help them to be more physically active as well as building up their muscles and coordination.”

The school, which has pupils ranging from 4 to11-years-old, was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspection in July.

Playground designers Pentagon Play built the equipment over two-days in September, which Mrs Wildsmith-Garton described as being able to “sustain all weather”.

Pupils at Holly Meadows Primary School
Pupils at Holly Meadows Primary School

“The children were asking for more things to do at playtimes as the old equipment was breaking and getting a little crowded,” Mrs Wildsmith-Garton said.

“So we responded to the pupil voice.”

She added that the old equipment was very old and “well past its sell-by date”.

Medical devices business Merxin Ltd had previously donated £1,000for creative block play equipment.

Mrs Wildsmith-Garton said this block equipment would allow children to create functional objects such as seesaws as well as testing scientific knowledge.


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