Spending £8,000 was child’s play for pupils who made playground

ALL SMILES Above, Hannah Jerridge, Oliver Samson, and Leigh Scott, playing on the adventure playground.   Picture: Sarah Standing (110855-5774)
ALL SMILES Above, Hannah Jerridge, Oliver Samson, and Leigh Scott, playing on the adventure playground. Picture: Sarah Standing (110855-5774)
Dr Duncan Reavey and Dr Linda Cooper, with the winning 2017 TEAN award trophy

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JUNIOR school children were handed £8,000 to design an adventure playground with the ‘wow factor’.

And the youngsters at Stamshaw Juniors did just that – coming up with a fun area packed with balance beams, stepping logs, a climbing frame and much more.

Below, headteacher Simon Cattermole and site manager Brian Callard celebrate with pupils  Picture: Sarah Standing (110855- 5753)

Below, headteacher Simon Cattermole and site manager Brian Callard celebrate with pupils Picture: Sarah Standing (110855- 5753)

They scoured the internet and visited other playgrounds to come up with the blueprint for a planning application before seeing their plans become a reality.

Oliver Sampson, nine, said: ‘I want to use the playground every day because it’s different to anything else we have and you get to do lots of fun exercises. I feel happy that we’ve achieved this for the whole school to enjoy. We spent a long time researching the adventure playground and deciding where the best place for it to go was.

‘The amount of money we had to deal with was quite scary. I’ve never handled that much cash in my whole life – it’s a lot more than what I get for pocket money.’

Courtney Hinks, 10, said: ‘Everyone has been involved in this and it’s great that we’ve come up with an idea that will make us all more healthy and will make exercise fun.

Headteacher Simon Cattermole said the money he handed to the children had been well spent.

He explained: ‘We like to give our children a real sense of responsibility which means allowing them to take big decisions involving negotiations and money.’