Schools £150,000 appeal to create ‘playtime paradise’

Whitburn Village Primary School council members with plans for the school's new outdoor area

Whitburn Village Primary School council members with plans for the school's new outdoor area

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A SCHOOL has launched a £150,000 appeal to transform its plain old yard into a playtime paradise.

The swimming pool at Whitburn Village Primary in Cleadon Lane, Whitburn, was demolished over the Easter holidays, paving the way for a bit of a revamp.

The school council has been calling for improvements for years – and pupils now look set to get their wish.

But first they have to raise enough money to cover the cost of the mammoth task.

They have already raised £1,800 and set up a Parent Teacher Association.

Teacher Hayley Marshall said: “We have had some plans drawn up, and it would cost £150,000 to do absolutely everything the children want, but we may do it in stages so they can see the result of their hard work.”

The first phase would involve schoolyard being resurfaced, at a cost of £40,000.

A gazebo would be added, followed by a sheltered area around the school.

The plans also include a multi-use games area (Muga), also for use by the community after school hours.

Mrs Marshall said: “We try and do as much outdoor learning as possible, and this will enable us to do much more outside, from PE in the Muga to drama in the gazebo and problem-solving using the games painted on the ground.

“The playground at the moment is quite exposed, so the covered areas will also provide shelter from the elements for pupils, staff and parents.”