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Pupils design their own play ground

PUBLISHED: 15:24 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:37 07 July 2010

It is every child's dream to design their own playground, fill it with all the equipment they desire, and splash it in brightly coloured paint.

And one group of pupils saw their wish come true with the unveiling of Brisley Primary School's new playground.

It is every child's dream to design their own playground, fill it with all the equipment they desire, and splash it in brightly coloured paint.

And one group of pupils saw their wish come true with the unveiling of Brisley Primary School's new playground.

Sandpits, a shiny red boat, and a carpeted shed packed full of toys are just some of the features, which was funded after a group of 10 children won a top grant from the Playground Parnters, a scheme run by charity Woolworths Kids First, to design their own playground.

The pupils, who left the school in September, were all in their last year, year six, when they painstakingly put together a business proposal outlining what they would do if they had the maximum amount of £10,000 to spend.

Questionnaires, costings and detailed drawings were included in the plan, with help from their teaching assistant Catherine Newey.

And their hard work and dedication paid off when it was announced they were one of the nine schools in the country to receive the full amount.

Headteacher Jan Boyden said: “When I told them they'd won, I'd never seen excitement like it. They were so excited.

“The children get so much out of it. Just look at their faces. They have so much more freedom to learn, play and experiment.”

Friday saw the official opening of the space, with pupils starting at the school in the next academic year trying out new equipment, while the winning group, who came back to conduct the official opening, watched on proudly.

Project manager Thomas Chamberlain, 12, said: “We had all worked very well together. We worked hard and without sounding arrogant thought we had put enough in to win.

“It's very satisfying watching people play and have fun there. It's nice to know we have done it all and left our mark for future pupils.”

tThe group who submitted the winning plans were; Thomas Chamberlain, Bradley Nobbs, Edward Savage, Oliver Butler, Kate Longworth, Elishya Thornton, Jason Britton, Rick Claxton, Beckie Claxton, Marshall Drew.

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