Plans for developing our Outdoor Provision

At Norton Junior School, we are blessed with a beautiful rural setting and a substantial amount of outdoor space however, for much of the year we are not able to capitalise on this as so much of it is grass which is just too muddy to utilise during the wetter months. In addition to this, the area is under utilised for outdoor play and learning so over the coming years, we plan to develop the outdoor environment significantly.

We have undertaken quite a bit of research already and consultations with the school council are underway to decide how the children would like to see the site develop. We are essentially looking at a multi phase installation of a MUGA (Multi Use Games Arena) an adventure playground, a trim trail, outdoor classroom spaces and seating areas. In line with these developments, we would also like to see the Quad Garden area developed into a more effective working area with a sensory garden and some hard standing for all year round use.

As you can imagine, none of this will come cheap and it will require sustained capital investment over the coming years which will not be easy when much of the school is in such a poor state of repair. To try and move things forward, we are seeking grant funding from the National Lottery and will be hosting a range of fund raising events to try and support the developments.

Some of the works we will be able to do cheaply with the good will and support of the local community such as the planting up and maintenance of the Quad but other elements will require hard cash. If you feel that you could support the school in any way by either providing or discounting resources or services, please contact the school and tell us how you would like to help. I know historically, the parents and local community have all pulled together in the best interests of the school and I have no doubt that you will do again in any way you can.

I look forward to updating you all soon.

Kind regards,

Adrian Hayes



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For those of you who have been following our progress on Twitter, you will know that we have now opened the Adventure Trail to the children who have been very sensible on using it... This has been a lengthy journey with some complications but after overcoming many hurdles, we are finally installed. Sadly, the Games Arena has continued to be a challenge... Ironically, Sport England are blocking our proposal despite our development clearly giving a wide range of sporting and safety benefits... This has been an increasingly frustrating journey but I will not give up and am in consultation with their team as we speak... I am determined to make this happen so watch this space... For now, lets just enjoy the Adventure trail... a lasting legacy for the children to enjoy for many years to come with wide ranging benefits to fitness and upper body strength... @NJSHead