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Pupils successful in National Lottery Funding bid - 07/06/2018

Children and staff at University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) are overwhelmed with excitement, following a successful bid for almost £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards for All.

The successful bid (of £9,985) will help to develop and install a brand new outdoor play area for all of the children at UPAK, including the wider community of Kidsgrove, and particularly the children in the Early Years.

Miss Emma Morrey, Nursery Teacher at UPAK said: “We are extremely excited to announce that we have been successful in our application for a lottery funding bid to enhance our Early Years outdoor play area.

“Our staff, children and parents have been working tirelessly on improving the area over recent weeks, as part of our community gardening club, and the new equipment that we have ordered will greatly enhance our area. Our children really do deserve the very best and we are so pleased that this lottery funding is going to help us along the way.”

The Academy has joined forces with Pentagon Play, the UK’s leading provider of school playground equipment, to design and install an exciting play area which will comprise a water wall, a large sandy play area, a story-telling chair with outdoor seating and artificial grass, a large wooden tipi and a range of planter benches.

The investment will aim to promote communication and language skills, physical development skills, critical thinking skills and, overall, will encourage children to explore the great outdoors.

Councillor for Kidsgrove and Ravenscliffe, Helena Maxfield said: “The importance of play is at the core of a child’s development. By playing, children understand the importance of learning to co-operate, develop relationships and understand the world they live in, as well as learning to explore, discover, fail and succeed.”

She added: “As with all children, being able to have access to the outside is great for their physical and emotional development but also for problem solving and learning how to be more independent. This National Lottery award will greatly help with students’ development. Well done to the staff, parents and children at University Primary Academy Kidsgrove.”

Miss Kelly Pope, Head of School said: "I am thrilled for the whole school community. The success of this project is a testament of the dedication and commitment of our hard-working staff, enthusiastic school council and members of the parent partnership.  The installation will be of great benefit to the children here, now and in the future, and also to the wider Kidsgrove community. It just shows that together everyone can achieve more."

The new playground equipment is due to be installed early June 2018.