New playground for Sheffield pupils

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground
Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground
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Pupils are enjoying their playtimes more than ever before - after returning to their Sheffield school after the summer to a brand new playground.

St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy organised the £60,000 playground revamp over the summer break, with ESP Playground Solutions paying for one quarter of the project.

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

The playground is designed to help children learn through play.

It boasts a race track, musical instruments, a bridge, water boxes and a stage.

Additional equipment has also been added to the school’s Early Years Foundation Stage playground, including a bee home, sand boxes and a sheltered wooden seating area for story times.

Finnuala Nelis, head teacher at St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sheffield Lane Top, said: “The new playground is exciting children’s imaginative play.

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

“The children are collaborating more, working together and exploring language and sound.

Andrew Wood, managing director at ESP Playground Solutions, added: “We recognise the significant positive impact outdoor play can have on a child’s development.

St Patrick’s enthusiasm for the new playground convinced us to contribute funding towards the development. The playground has transformed and looks amazing.”

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground

Pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated their return to school with a brand new playground