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Wansdyke Primary School

DBDplay always enjoy a challenge and being as creative as possible. Wansdyke Primary School provided the perfect opportunity. 

We have worked with schools for almost twenty years and are so excited to share this transformation with you!

What they had

Wansdyke Primary School approached us to help them redevelop a large sunken garden that had become overgrown and rarely used!

It was a space that was being underutilised and presented a prime opportunity for redevelopment for the benefit of all the pupils.

Wansdyke had been successful in gaining outside funding and financial support from the Friends of Wansdyke for a new project.

What they wanted

Wansdyke is one of the few schools across Wiltshire that also offer provision to children with Statements of SEN or Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) who are identified as having complex learning needs that may not be able to be met through usual mainstream provision. It was critical than any redevelopment of the sunken garden provided opportunity for SEN outdoor activity along with traditional PE lessons.

 Wansdyke’s aim was to redevelop the area into a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which would enable the pupils to be more active more often. The MUGA would also be used by after school clubs giving pupils further opportunity to develop their physical literacy and access to activity.

One of the key roles of the MUGA was to provide a dedicated area for ball games and running games so they did not dominate other areas of the school playground leading to the marginalisation of creative and quiet play.

What we did

We assisted the school with the planning process, including attending site meetings with the Tree Preservation Trust to ensure that the MUGA position did not impact on a row of trees with a Tree Preservation Order.

All the ground works, drainage and perimeter fencing were completed by our own staff, not sub-contractors and once the layering of appropriate drainage and stone was complete, we laid a shock pad beneath the artificial grass to give a cushion to the finished surface. 

All excess spoil was utilised on site (saving the school money) by creating a grass mound for spectating along two sides of the MUGA. This meant the spoil was reused as a new feature rather than skipped away!

Wansdkye are delighted with the MUGA, it has improved levels of physical activity across the school and has become a key school asset.

Before & after