Autism focus for school’s new play area…

Woodley School focus on new play area to help with autism.We’re delighted to be about to start work on a new Sensory and Physical Development Area, specifically designed to help children with autism, at Woodley School and College in Huddersfield.

Work will begin on the £150,000 project in April 2017 following a competitive tender and consultation process with children from the school helping to break the first ground.

As part of the consultation process we invited teachers and pupils from Woodley School and College to get a behind the scenes look at Sutcliffe Play, including a tour of our factory to see how we make the equipment and of course by putting it to the test on the playground outside our offices.

The school has recently become a facility that caters purely for autistic children and is working with Sutcliffe Play to design not just an inclusive space, but a space that specifically met the needs of the school and its users.

Woodley SEN School focus on new play area to help with autism.Autism Play Space Features

The space will feature five key inclusive areas:

  • Music Zone
  • Active Zone
  • Climbing Zone
  • Quiet Zone
  • Daydream Den


Kevin Sellwood at Sutcliffe Play says: “We take consultation seriously here at Sutcliffe Play and what better way than to find out the thoughts of those that will be using it.

“By inviting the School Council to visit Sutcliffe Play it allowed our designers to see how they played on the various items of equipment and importantly it highlighted what would be suitable.  It also gave the children the opportunity to see how play equipment is made and how much development goes in to manufacturing it.”

Anne LawtWoodley School Autismon at Woodley School and College adds: “You can’t underestimate the importance of play to a child’s physical and emotional development. Woodley School is a local authority special school for 125 children aged 4-16 who all have complex needs. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area will play a major role in our plan to develop our expertise in teaching children with autism.”