Chatham youngsters receive play space boost
Staff and pupils from Bradfields Academy in Chatham (Kent) saw their new outdoor play space officially opened by the Lord’s Taverners this week (1 November).
Bradfields Academy caters for 300 young people up to the age of 25 with complex learning disabilities and difficulties. The school provides education for students who have to deal with speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical and autistic spectrum disabilities.
The new outdoor play space 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.
Marie Sweetlove, Guardian Principal at Bradfields Academy, said: “This equipment is absolutely vital. It helps students with their cognitive abilities, physical needs and social interaction. After using the new play space we’ve already seen our students grow in confidence, they’re engaging with each other better and in the long term this will help our pupils become more active in the community. Thanks to the Lord’s Taverners, Park Leisure and our PTFA as without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Since 2009 the Lord’s Taverners has provided outdoor play equipment to 83 special schools, benefiting nearly 8,000 pupils.