Children from Woodley School and College in Huddersfield have given their new playground the thumbs up as we helped to unveil their new £150,000 Sensory and Physical Development Area.

Designed by MTJA client Sutcliffe Play, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of children’s playground equipment, the playground was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale.

MTJA helped to organise the event, from inviting local dignitaries and arranging media attendance to providing the giant scissors to cut the ribbon.

Anne Lawton, Head of Woodley School and College, said: “Thank you for organising the playground opening event this morning. I thought it was perfect!

“Woodley School and College is a local authority special school for 110 children aged 5-19 who all have autism. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area will play a major role in supporting children with autism to extend their learning in a fun environment.

“The children have improved their physical activity, become better at social interactions and communication with each other. The outdoor learning spaces are encouraging our children to engage, to learn and so to be happier.”

Claire Murgatroyd, Account Director at MTJA said: “It was a pleasure to get to know the staff and pupils at the school. I even got the chance to take part in a maths lesson which highlighted that I may need to brush up on my maths skills!

“We’re looking forward to seeing the benefits that the new area has on the pupils of Woodley School and College for many years to come.”