High Peak primary school awarded £30k to improve playground facilities

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A High Peak school has received £30,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade its playground.

Thornsett Primary School is among 600 schools nationally to secure a share of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s ‘Primary Spaces’ scheme.

Pupils at the Thornsett Primary School, celebrate the installation of a new playground.

Pupils at the Thornsett Primary School, celebrate the installation of a new playground.

Since 2011, Sport England has been putting money into community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

Headteacher Ashley Parry said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which has led to the highest quality upgrade of our playground.

“We are really pleased with the result and children at Thornsett in the future will benefit hugely from this fantastic play area.

“It is already a hit with the children.”

Pupils at the Thornsett Primary School, celebrate the installation of a new playground.

Pupils at the Thornsett Primary School, celebrate the installation of a new playground.

The improvements include new playground surfacing, new seating and the installation of a multi-use games area.

Sport England’s property director Charles Johnston said: “The scheme has had a huge impact across the country.

“We’ve invested millions of pounds into more than 600 projects to improve and refurbish tired and unsatisfactory play spaces.

“It’s great to see Thornsett Primary School join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

The school children at Thornsett are also taking part in a health and activity programme at present, delivered by PAS coaching.

Steve Brackenridge, PAS director, said: “Health education and physical activity go hand in hand and it is a great to be able to deliver the programme using such a brilliant outdoor space.”

The school say they are always looking at how they can improve their provision for the children and have invited visitors to an open day on Thursday October 22, from 9am until 2pm, so families can see the many improvements first hand.

Sport England aims to equip primary school children with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in sport.