5 of our favourite independent school projects

19 May 2017

Over the past 18 years at Playforce we’ve worked with schools of all shapes and sizes. This means our portfolio is packed with lots of amazing spaces in both state and independent schools. Our independent school project list is always growing, so we’ve put together some of our favourites  from the past few years. 



Abbey Gate College, Cheshire

For Abbey Gate College, it was important that their outdoor space would challenge and develop their pupils’ gross motor skills. They chose a range of equipment that could be used for outdoor learning and educational play throughout the school day whilst engaging the pupils in physical activity. The new playground has also given less confident pupils an opportunity to shine as they work together to use the equipment. Read more here.


Aberdour School, Surrey

Nestled in the midst of the stunning Tadworth countryside, Aberdour School wanted to create a playground that encourage natural, active play. By designing a playground that would fit with its natural environment they were able to create a space that would inspire their pupils to seek adventure in their surroundings. Now, their pupils are reaping the benefits of daily active and natural play. Read more here


Akeley Wood Junior School, Buckinghamshire

Akeley Wood Junior School in Milton Keynes wanted to create an outdoor space that would encourage free flow play that linked with their EY curriculum throughout the school year. Their playground was being developed as part of a complete overhaul of their EY department. Since updating their outdoor space they have been able to move easily between the classroom and the playground whilst supporting the curriculum. Read more here


Bristol Grammar School, Somerset

Bristol Grammar School wanted to find a new way to deliver free flow play to their pupils. They didn’t want to invest in more fixed play equipment so they chose a Poddely Set to help them move between the classroom and the playground. It gives them the option to take play and learning wherever they feel like it and it has inspired the children to be more creative. By using it during lessons and at play times they have been able to completely benefit from its limitless potential. Read more here


Yarm Preparatory School, Redcar and Cleveland

For Yarm Preparatory School, developing their outdoor space was all about making the great outdoors even more fun. They wanted to encourage more interaction with the natural environment and develop a space where all of their pupils’ senses and imaginations were stimulated. Most importantly, they wanted to create an environment in which they could have fun. The pupils now have an outdoor space that they can go to to make lots of noise and get their hands dirty. They’re really passionate about getting outside and active in a natural environment. Read more here

To find out more about our work with independent schools or to contact us about your own play project, book a consultation with one of our local advisors. 

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