Mayoress officially opened sensory, inclusive play space

The children of Woodley School and College in Huddersfield officially unveil their new £150,000 sensory and physical development play area.The playground was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale on Tuesday 7th November, 2017.

The school, which is now designated for children and young people with autism, worked with us to design a space that specifically meets the needs of its users. They created a bespoke Sensory and Physical Development Area featuring zoned spaces with no physical boundary lines.

Anne Lawton, Headteacher at Woodley School and College, said: “The children have improved their physical activity, become better at social interactions and communication with each other. The outdoor learning spaces are encouraging our children to engage, to learn and so to be happier.

“Woodley School and College is a local authority special school for 110 children aged 5-19 who all have autism. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area will play a major role in supporting children with autism to extend their learning in a fun environment.

“On behalf of Woodley School and College we would like to say a special thank you to Kirklees Council, the Huddersfield Rotary Club and the Free Masons of Yorkshire and West Riding who have donated funds to complete this project. We look forward to many years of enjoyment and development for the children with our new play facility.”

 

Visitors to the opening day were as follows:

  1. David Perkins, Huddersfield Rotary Club
  2.  Councillor Bernard McQuin
  3. Christina Lee, Chartered Landscape Architect at Kirklees Council
  4. Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale
  5. Anne Lawton, Headteacher at Woodley School and College
  6. Kevin Sellwood, Sutcliffe Play
  7. Chris Reilly, Free Masons of Yorkshire and West Riding