Audley Primary School in Caterham has been accredited with the OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) Platinum Award.
The OPAL programme states that "better, more active and creative playtimes can mean happier and healthier children, and having happier, healthier, more active children usually results in a more positive attitude to learning in school, with more effective classroom lessons, less staff time spent resolving unnecessary behavioural problems, fewer playtime accidents, happier staff and a healthier attitude to life”.
As part of Audley's affiliation with Caterham School, through the East Surrey Learning Partnership, art scholars from Caterham gave up their free time to produce signage to 'zone' Audley’s playground. Scholars worked together with Audley School Council students to compose design briefs, which were also officially welcomed to Audley's OPAL provision during the celebration of the project on Friday, 24 June.
The award was unveiled by OPAL mentor Cath Prisk, and the children were allowed extra playtime in honour of their school’s success.
Headteacher Mrs Rebello is proud of their amazing achievement:
“This means we are in the top one per cent of schools nationally who provide quality play provision for its pupils!”
Find out more about Audley Primar School’s OPAL status on the school's website.
(Photo: Audley Primary School staff receive the OPAL Platinum award)