Leeds special school pupils delighted by new sensory playground

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A £50,000 sensory playground aimed at benefiting children at a special school has been unveiled.

Over 18 months residents and businesses backed Broomfield South SILC, in Broom Place, Belle Isle, to the tune of £10,000, which was combined with a £40,000 grant from the Wooden Spoon charity to pay for the facility.

More than 100 pupils at the school can now use the equipment that includes climbing apparatus, swings, a sensory play zone and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.

Charlotte Gray-Sharpe, the school’s bursar and facilities manager, said: “The children are absolutely loving it, play times are much more enjoyable.”

Wooden Spoon ambassador and former Great Britain rugby star John Bentley opened the facility.

Rachel Reeves, Leeds West MP and former junior chess champion, during her visit toWhingate Primary School with Grand Master Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC, to support of Chess in Schools and Communities.
Picture shows Malcolm Pein and Rachel Reeves taking part in a simul against 16 children.
Rachel will joined children of the school in a chess lesson and give a simultaneous exhibition, playing the best players from the school.
 Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve childrens educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess.
16 November 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Founded in 2009, CSC now teaches in over 300 schools and supports 500 more nationwide including 13 in Leeds, teaching around 1000 children each week how to play the game in classroom lessons and after-school clubs.

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