Pupils at the school, which recently became a facility that caters purely for autistic children, have been enjoying the new area since the school reopened in September.
The school worked with Sutcliffe Play to design a space that specifically meets the needs of the school and its users. The bespoke Sensory and Physical Development Area featured zoned spaces of activities with no physical boundary lines encouraging children to use different items at different times.
The zones are Music, Active, Climbing, Quiet and Daydream – find out more about these zones in our case study.
Headteacher Anne Lawton said: “You can’t underestimate the importance of play to a child’s physical and emotional development and well-being. Woodley School is a local authority special school for 125 children aged 4-19 who all have complex needs. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area is playing a major role in supporting children with autism to extend their learning in a fun environment.”