A £20,000 outdoor makeover has been unveiled, as a Beeston school aims to bring learning closer to nature.
The revamp at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School, in St Anthony’s Drive, has seen the outdoor reception area, playground and garden overhauled following an 18-month fundraising campaign.
The 560-pupil school welcomed Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, to officially open the new facilities in front of dozens of excited reception children, staff and parents yesterday.
Hugh Gaitskell Primary’s revitalised outdoor space now includes an outdoor classroom in the school garden featuring reading corners and a stage, as well as raised planting beds, a climbing frame, playhouse and play area.
Margaret Beesley, headteacher at the school, said: “There has been painting, planting and lots of hard work to get the school looking fantastic inside and out.
“The children are delighted, it gives all of our children the opportunity to experience nature first hand and our youngest children in nursery and reception now have the luxury of a brand new play area too.”
Among the guests at the unveiling were representatives from medical firm DePuy Synthes, which is based at the nearby White Rose Office Park.
The firm not only provided donations raised by staff for the project but also offered paint, trees, shrubs and volunteers to help the garden come to life.
During his visit Mr Benn told school staff: “What a wonderful new playground and garden area you have, I know the children will enjoy both – thankyou for all the valuable work you are doing.”
Staff are now fundraising to finish a new chicken coup to encourage learning about animals.
Visit www.hughgaitskell.leeds.sch.uk for details.