Great Yarmouth Primary Academy

During the summer of 2016 we transformed a once run-down and drab play area into an exciting and vibrant place for play and learning.

The transformation has turned the space into a fun area where children can enjoy their break time, allowing them to return to the classroom more focussed and ready to learn.

Principal Dr Craig Avieson said: “We encourage our pupils to have high aspirations and it is only right we do everything we can to give them the best facilities possible. Play is an important part of a child’s development and this new playground will take that to a new level, as well as helping us take learning outside of the classroom.”

Before Installation

After Installation

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Greenvale Infant & Nursery School

This case study showcases a truly stunning example of what can be achieved with the development of any school playground. Through careful planning and an outstanding design, this installation has delivered a real WOW factor.

Greenvale Infant and Nursery School based in Chatham Kent, contacted ESP Play in 2015 to discuss the idea of developing their outdoor play area.  One of our experts met Amanda Allnutt, Headteacher, to assess the best use of the space available and to understand the ideas she had for the investment for her outdoor provision.

Amanda didn’t want to just buy off the shelf playground equipment.  This project was much more about effective design, clever use of the existing area with playground equipment that would assist the delivery of the school’s outdoor learning objectives.  ESP carried out a full site assessment and survey and returned with a series of recommendations professionally presented in an A1, full colour scaled design along with an itemised breakdown of the costs.

After much discussion with the staff a proposal was agreed and ESP were given the green light to proceed with the installation.  The site was all set up ready for installation in the last week of March and before the end of April the installation was completed.  See the brand new playground equipment and design of the area before along with some photos of the installation in progress.

Installation in Progress

Installation Completed

This stunning development is a real example of how playground equipment and high quality design can create a transformation that make everyone go WOW.  Greenvake Infant and Nursery School now have a 5 star facility for the pupils to learn outside all year round.  If you would like to visit this fantastic site and see it with your own eyes, please contact your ESP Regional Advisor on 01282 434 445 and we will make the arrangements with the school for a tour.

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Another teacher joins the ESP Play team…

We have added another teacher to our education team to help continue to strengthen the educational benefits Play and Physical Activity can bring to schools.

Here’s what Rob Whitelock had to say about why he joined ESP Play:

I am passionate about learning – 18 years in the classroom plays testimony to that and having worked closely with key protagonists in the play and sport movement, I’m equally passionate about how play and sport can help the progress and achievement of every child.  I’ve seen it – it can – it does!  I want to use every opportunity to share my experience with schools so they are best placed to enjoy the benefits play and sport can bring to all children.

Every school has a duty of care to every one of its children. With safeguarding at the top of the OFSTED agenda, schools need to be sure they are providing the best opportunities for their children in a safe and secure setting. The School Sport Premium gives every school the chance to invest in the well-being of its children but is it being used effectively? OFSTED will make a judgement on a schools use of its SSP so is it worth leaving it to chance? Many schools ‘buy in’ specialist support to deliver physical activity, which is great while the SSP is in place but expensive and not sustainable when the funding ends. Many schools don’t realise the most effective, most sustainable investment is in its own staff and most importantly, its own children. Furthermore, how can schools guarantee SSP spending reaches every child?  While a focus on traditional, competitive sport might suit some children, does it suit all? Sport is not a ‘one size fits all’ offer. It needs diversity to be totally inclusive. It needs innovation to reach every child. It needs to offer something to everyone at every level.

Done well, sport and play can engage the most difficult to reach child, raise self-confidence, raise self-esteem and raise attainment. Done well, sport and play dissolves stereotypical boundaries and becomes limitless. Done well sport and play can be fun!

Our work, in collaboration with the NHS is backed up by independent research from Leeds Metropolitan University, which concludes:

  • Independent observers: an increase in INDIVIDUALS’ physical activity (plus increases in staff supervising the space.
  • Teacher observers: more (%) children are more active (boys AND girls)
  • Reduced % of lightly engaged pupils
  • A wide range of benefits for pupil involvement – developmental and curricular, individual and systemic
  • Playgrounds seen as more positive environments for all members of the school community
  • As well as sustaining already active children, what equivalent investments will benefit an additional four children in every class of 28 (and in so many diffuse ways)?

I have joined the passionate team at ESP Play to share and promote best practice in schools and help schools make best use of their limited capacity.

 

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10 amazing playground equipment deals

10 Amazing Play Equipment Deals

We have created 10 playground equipment special offers to help you develop your outdoor area on a budget. With everything from seating solutions to climbing frames covered, don't miss out on these amazing prices.
Get these whilst you can!

Deal 1 - 5 Magnetic Game Boards

Get our 5 most popular magnetic game boards!

 

Children are most enthusiastic when they are having fun, magnetic game boards are a good way to get them to interact with each other in a fun and enjoyable way.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £699 including installation

Post mount your boards for only £120 each.

Deal 2 - Rope Trail

Our popular Rope Trail offers schools a fantastic way to get a large climbing structure into a small space and also at a fantastic price.

 

There are 7 individual challenges as part of the trail designed to provide a physical challenge for your pupils.

 

What you get:


 

  • Twisty Challenge

  • Traverse Net

  • Tyre Pass

  • Balance Challenge

  • Rope Traverse Zig

  • Rope Traverse Zag

  • Spinning Log

 What you pay:


Only £3,699 including installation

Deal 3 - Ball Catcher & Ball Catcher Trainer Marking

Our multi-coloured steel Ball Catcher stimulates both physical and mental activities.

 

With one entrance point and 3 exit points, the challenge is to get the ball in the entrance and run around the ball catcher to the appropriate exit point.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £1,179 including installation

Deal 4 - Story Telling Area

school story telling area special offer

Let your children and even staff enjoy telling stories outdoors with our story telling area package.

 

The large story telling chair is an ideal focal point for the story-teller and the 5 colourful log seats are perfect for eager listeners.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £1,269 including installation

Deal 5 - 2 x Recessed Goal Units

The recessed goal unit is designed to contain ball games in a highly active zoned area. It is a fantastic exhaust for energy for all ages and abilities.

 

The recessed goal unit unit carries a 10 Year guarantee against rot and infestation.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £2,865 including installation

Deal 6 - Small Shaded Pergola with Planters and Seating

Small shaded pergola with planters and seating to seat up to six children. The pergola enables children to interact to chat, read and develop social skills.

 

All our pergolas come with a 10 Year guarantee against rot and infestation.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £1,545 including installation

Deal 7 - 5 Panel Traversing Wall

The wooden traversing wall is a robust solution for a school with minimal wall space. Complete with explosion proof handgrips, made from resin bound sand, combine fun and physical activity whilst encouraging team building and leadership.

 

All our climbing walls carry a 10 Year guarantee against rot and infestation.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £1,375 including installation

Deal 8 - Tangled Wolf and Grass Matting Surfacing

The Tangled Wolf frame is a lower-level and more cost effective version of our popular Tarantula climbing frame which offers children everything to help them develop into confident climbers.

 

The Tangled Wolf features a 10 Year guarantee against rot and infestation.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £8,165 including installation

Deal 9 - Excellent Adventure Play Tower

The Excellent Adventure Towers design is one of the larger Play Towers available from ESP and includes a range of challenging apparatus that bring variety to a playground space.

 

Our Excellent Adventure Tower features a 10 Year guarantee against rot and infestation.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £8,145 including installation

Deal 10 - Play Hut

The playhut offers a fantastic opportunity for role play, creativity, imagination and inclusion.

 

Children can interact with each other, stimulating creative play in a safe, welcoming and sheltered environment.

 

What you get:


 

 What you pay:


Only £940 including installation

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Playground Funding Assistance

Playground funding for your next development

Acquiring funding for your next play area development can be arduous which is why we have created a comprehensive playground funding assistance guide which will talk you through the various different options available to your school.

Getting some ideas together for how you want to transform your outdoor area is essential if you are to be successful in securing any financial contribution towards it. We have a vast range of products available to get you started but we also offer every school a completely FREE playground design service to show you how your dream play area could look. We can design schemes to suit any budget or specific requirements your school may have.

In addition to this we have just introduced our new Funding Bid Writing & Management Service where a member of our team will manage your application from start to finish to increase the likelihood of you securing the funding you need.

Our guide covers:

 

  • How to use ESP’s unique Funding Bid Writing and Management Service.
  • What products you can spend your Sports Premium Budget on.
  • Acquiring funding directly from ESP.

 

Continue to our full guide here…

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