Lever Edge Primary Academy

The Brief was to create play opportunities using the inaccessible and under utilised areas of the playground.

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About the Project

We have had the pleasure of carrying out multiple projects for Lever Edge Primary school over the years. The school wanted to utilise every part of their outdoor space to enhance the provision of the curriculum.

The school felt they needed to encourage more physical activity for their KS1 & 2 pupils especially those who were more reluctant. We decided to update their running track to be more dynamic and thrilling by turning this into an agility track. It included a combination of our Adventure Trail items, to create more obstacles and challenges for the children to tackle. These elements will help the pupils improve their strength, coordination, confidence and encourage them to have the determination to succeed.

Tennis Ball walls and gym equipment have also been installed throughout the playgrounds to help improve the physical play provision.

Another way to spark the children’s imagination was by installing our Junior Play Ship which gave the KS1 & 2 children a place to engage in imaginative play, build on their language and gross motor skills. We created a more bespoke design by lowering certain platforms to be more suitable for the KS1 pupils. This way all of the children could unleash their imagination on this Play Ship.

The school loved the idea of an area where children can explore and understand the natural world around them. We thought what better than an Allotment, for the children to explore their senses whilst working on improving their fine motor skills. In this area children can plant their own plants, flowers and vegetables and it is also an area where they can take time away from the hustle and bustle of the playground.

In a quiet are between the various wings of the school, we created an outdoor literacy classroom. we made use of the surrounding school walls by adding interactive play panels and mark making boards to encourage sensory, creative, mental stimulation as well as developing written and oral literacy skills. They also create opportunities for social interaction between peers so then can learn from each other.

For their EYFS play areas they wanted unique spaces for the children to grow, develop, socialise and build on their cognitive skills in an outdoor setting, away from the classroom.

There were many different existing and natural features which we chose to work with instead of against in many of the different spaces. For example there was the very first iteration of our tree village which utilised the natural trees on the playground to create a raised platform around the trees with various different play elements. For example, simple steps would take you up to the first platform with a slightly more challenging clatter bridge taking you cross to the next. The raised timber decks are a place for children to play and socialise in, with a pergola frame with seating providing a quieter space for children to escape to on the playground.

We have also used a number of the naturally sloped embankments by installing stainless steels slides with platforms, sensory and interactive play panels and varying different ramps with rocks and logs. In some areas we even used the embankments next to the traditional steps leading to the playgrounds to add additional fun and development opportunities in the form of a log ramp instead.

In what was once just a planting area, we adapted the space to incorporate a Messy Play area where the children can continue to get grubby and develop their fine motor skills whilst building confidence through role play and collaboration.

A Story Tellers area, including a Story Tellers Chair and Mushroom Seats, within a unique woodland area creates the ultimate place for children to be creative and learn in a stimulating environment. Children can improve on their language skills by reading out loud and performing to their peers.

We also incorporated one of our best sellers our Water Wall where children can build on their fine motor skills and allows them to investigate and understand how water feels and moves as it travels up the water pumps and flows down the interchangeable chutes. This Water Wall provides hours of rich and valuable early childhood experiences to develop their imagination and creativity.

Lever Edge Primary Academy has been a long standing client who we have enjoyed working along side to consistently develop their provision for their students. From small tweaks to keep things fresh, to totally new spaces being created to bring more life to an already engaging and dynamic play provision.

  • Agility Track
  • Junior Play Ship
  • Water Play and Table
  • Allotment Area
  • Play Panels and Marking Boards

Blackshaw Primary School

“Both playgrounds look so different! The children love it and are having a great time exploring their new equipment”

Julie Carrington , Business Manager

Handcross Park School

“It has now had two terms of busy use and still every day it makes me smile – and the children too. It is such a magical space with so much opportunity”

Jason Gayler, Head of Pre-Prep & Nursery

The Peterborough School

“The design, equipment and overall service was of a very high standard.”

Chris Charlton, Bursar

Batley Grammar School

“I can’t tell you how happy we are with the work and how the plans have come to fruition, thank you to you and all the team at Playground Imagineering.”

Karen Dack, Business Manager

The Cathedral School

“Great value and a quick turnaround, the playground was transformed in just 3 days.”

Mrs Wiskin, Headteacher

Beaumont Primary School

“It was the best design and most competitively priced quotation… they really brought our ideas to life!”

Victoria Griffiths , EYFS Lead

Hindley Junior and Infant School

“The design and finished installation was exactly what we had in mind…the children love it!”

Steven Hyde, Site Manager

Holy Trinity Primary School

“We love the bridge over the tunnel and more importantly, so do the children… it’s been a great success.”

Maggie Thomson, Business Manager

Urmston Infant School

“Playground Imagineering’s bespoke climbing structure was the perfect solution to utilise an awkward space.”

Mark Doherty , Deputy Headteacher

Rupert House School

“Playground Imagineering’s initial design was excellent and they were happy to make the few tweaks we asked for to ensure we got exactly what we wanted. Not only did they deliver the design they also did it on time and to a very high standard. I have no hesitation in recommending their services.”

Mr Kim Rawlingson, Bursar

Avondale Primary School

“It was difficult to envisage what could be achieved with our long, narrow outdoor area. Playground Imagineering’s choice of equipment and well thought out design has completely transformed transformed the playground and utilised the space perfectly.”

Vicky Brown, Headteacher

St John’s Primary School

“We have used Playground Imagineering for a number of projects and they have always exceeded our expectations.”

Mark Speakman, Headteacher

St. Thomas’s Primary School

“A professional approach was taken throughout and our pupils are delighted with the new equipment.”

Sheryl Farnworth, Headteacher

St. Michael’s Primary School

“The new play areas have greatly enhanced our provision and provided our pupils with many hours of enjoyable learning and development opportunities. For much of the work, the children’s ideas have also been carefully incorporated by the Playground Imagineering team into the equipment and areas they have provided. The attention to detail has been greatly valued.”

Alison Hart, Headteacher

St. Hugh of Lincoln Primary School

“After obtaining three quotes for our playground project, we decided to go with Playground Imagineering for the following reasons: I was very impressed with their presentation and proposal as they planned the project with our needs in mind and I felt I was receiving a bespoke service rather than an off the peg solution. As a result the product matches our needs and that of the site perfectly. They were always professional,  responsive and when changes were requested, they were dealt with smoothly and without question. I would have no hesitation in recommending Playground Imagineering.”

Mark Mountcastle , Headteacher

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