Dulverton Junior School pupils are celebrating the opening of fantastic new play equipment at the school. Councillor Frances Nicholson performed the opening in front of staff and excited pupils on 15 November.
Part funded by the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ grant, The bespoke wooden play equipment features walkways, monkey bars, a swinging log traverse, climbing poles and is designed to be both fun and challenging for the children at the school. Importantly, a new access path also means it will be accessible for all.
Headteacher Sally Fulford, said “we were keen to include new play opportunities for all the children here and now that we are a junior school it seemed the perfect time to make it happen! We are very excited about this new facility which will be both fun and challenging and help pupils stay fit and active. We are very grateful for the Big Lottery funding which has enabled this to happen.”
The school caters for children aged 7-11 and since it became a Junior School in September, numbers have grown. It benefits from being part of the Exmoor Federation with All Saints Infant School and Little Owls nursery next door and Exford First School. The play equipment will also be used by pupils using the before and after school care provided by ‘Treehouse’ at the school.
The Dulverton schools benefit from extensive playing fields and outdoor areas including an orchard and ponds which provide excellent opportunities for outdoor learning, including ‘Forest School’, complementing its location in Exmoor National Park.
Frances Nicholson Somerset County Councillor Ward member for the area said “the County Council is delighted that this project has gone ahead. The wooden play equipment blends well with the local environment and we look forward to seeing the new facility in use!”