Holyhead Primary Academy Transforms Early Years Space with Playground Revamp

In an eagerly anticipated development, Holyhead Primary Academy has unveiled its new early years playground, a transformation made possible with generous funding from Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust.

In collaboration with specialist playground experts, Pentagon, the school is enthusiastic about the positive influence this project will have on pupils’ play-based learning and development.

Costing more than £45,600, the renovation has paved the way for an improved, modern space that has been crafted to foster imaginative play and active wellbeing for young learners.

Natalie Shipley, Principal at Holyhead Primary Academy, expressed her appreciation for the renovation, saying: “On behalf of all the children at Holyhead, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported this project to deliver an amazing new playground for our early years.

“I would also like to extend a special thank you to the Trust, whose funding we would not have been able to do this without and are truly grateful for their support in making this project a reality.”

Central to the playground’s features is a climbing frame designed to challenge pupils and develop their balance, strength and motor skills with a variety of obstacles. Additionally, strategically placed den-making posts encourage creativity, where children can construct tunnels and dens using an array of natural-based resources, sparking their imaginations.

An natural seating area invites pupils to gather, share stories and socialise during break times, with sheltered spaces creating opportunities for outdoor learning, enhancing their learning experiences.

The renovation also introduces a water play area for sensory development, giant chalkboards for artistic expression, and movable blocks for more dynamic physical activities.

Sir Mark Grundy, CEO of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted to see the positive impact that this new playground has had for Holyhead’s children.

“This development will no doubt enhance the educational and play-based learning experiences for our young children, fostering their growth in confidence, ability and curiosity as they gradually become more independent learners.”