New outdoor play space opened in Wales
Staff and pupils from Ysgol Maes Hyfryd High School, Flint (Wales) saw their new outdoor play space officially opened by the Lord’s Taverners this week.
Ysgol Maes Hyfryd is a secondary specialist school that caters for 119 pupils aged 11-19 with severe and complex learning difficulties. All students have significant disabilities including those with severe learning cognitive development, profound medical needs, visual impairment, autism and profound and multiple learning difficulties.
The new outdoor play equipment will help pupils to develop communication and physical skills and gain a boost confidence. It will also improve the children’s physical and mental health, while helping them develop emotional responses.
Headteacher of Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Helen Millard, said: "The latest exciting installations into our school’s sensory garden include a three way bridge for our wheelchair users with varying terrain and dips, sunken trampolines, a selection of outdoor instruments, fun mirrors and a wheelchair accessible planter. Our new equipment will bring much joy to our students and enable them to access a safe, fun and interactive outdoor experience which in turn will promote their health and wellbeing. The new additions to our sensory garden will also enrich the education for the students in our sensory department, creating many more opportunities for outdoor learning. The students are already taking every opportunity to use the equipment and are looking forward to growing their own herbs, flowers and vegetables in the near future."