Children in Bramley returned to their classrooms after lockdown to discover a new £35,000 playground and £50,000 immersive sensory space had been installed for them to enjoy.
The new playground and immersive space at Bramley Park Academy are designed to support children with special educational needs and enable them to remain in a mainstream educational environment. The improvements were made possible by a grant from Leeds City Council.
Carrie Green, Executive Principal, said:
“Bramley Park Academy has undergone huge changes since 2018 and is a vibrant, welcoming and inspirational place for children to learn and grow in.
“While our Launchpad immersive space and playground have been created specifically to support our children with special educational needs, all Bramley Park pupils will be able to benefit from this additional resource. The positive impact of this investment on both learning and play at the school will be enormous.
“The team at Bramley Park has worked tirelessly to turn the school around and these improvements are just the latest in a long list. From giving all our pupils free school uniforms and PE kits to reducing class sizes, the quality of education and wider support our pupils receive is making a real difference to the life chances of Bramley’s youngest residents.”
Since Bramley Park Academy joined Wellspring Academy Trust in November 2018, more than £225,000 has been invested in improving the school buildings and outdoor spaces. A further £61,000 has been spent on new computers, and a school library has been created.
Mark Wilson, Wellspring Chief Executive Officer, said
“The school has a vibrant atmosphere and is full of bright, smiling faces of children and staff. The team have done a fabulous job together in creating a little oasis of magic in Bramley. The latest developments add further to what is already an extraordinary place.”
Wellspring is a large multi-academy trust currently comprising 25 primary, secondary, special and alternative academies across Yorkshire and Greater Lincolnshire.