£95,000 play area for Mablethorpe Primary Academy

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A new £95,000 outdoor play area at the Mablethorpe Primary Academy has been officially opened.

The ribbon was cut by Barry Day, Chief Executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, the sponsor of the academy.

The building of the outdoor area, which started in October 2012, has been carried out by Rodden & Cooper.

The project was funded through the school’s devolved capital allocation.

Catherine Teale, Principal at the Mablethorpe Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted with this new outdoor area which will greatly enhance the outdoor learning experience for our Foundation Stage pupils.

“It will support opportunities for play, exploration, creativity and discovery through the delivery of the Early Years Curriculum.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting outdoors and using the new space to its full potential.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and our local neighbours for their patience and understanding while the building work has been underway.”

The area at the back of the Foundation Stage unit has been completely remodelled and extended to include an area covered by a canopy to enable ‘free-flow activities’ from indoors to outdoors.

There is a brand new soft play area with bright designs, a playhouse and raised gardens which will enable the academy to ‘fully delivery the new Early Years Curriculum.’

Pupils and their parents were invited to join in the opening celebrations along with staff and members of the Academy Governing Council.

There has been other good news too for pupils and staff.

The academy has also recently benefitted from £224,446, following a successful bid made by the GDFT, to make improvements to the buildings.

The funding was spent on new boilers, a new heating system, new radiators and energy efficient controls.

Pupils learned about site safety while work was carried out on the buildings.

Catherine has said she was delighted with the funding.

The Mablethorpe Primary Academy is part of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust group of academies.

The academy has approximately 400 children on the roll at the High Street site, including the nursery.