Delight as Fenland schoolchildren return to play equipment surprise

DELIGHTED children discovered a surprise when they returned for a new year at a Fenland primary school - special play equipment had been delivered over the summer holidays.

Coates Primary School’s playground was given a revamp during the break, with outdoor fitness equipment installed alongside a climbing wall and rope ladder.

Joanne Tomlins, head teacher, said: “The children were amazed when they arrived for their first day back as they had no idea that we’d ordered the new equipment.

“For a long time we’d only had one climbing frame after the old wooden pieces had to be decommissioned as they were getting dangerous.

“The new equipment includes a small climbing wall and rope ladder for the key stage one children and outdoor fitness equipment for the older children.”

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The school’s newly-formed Fun for Funds Group donated �1,000 to enable the equipment to be bought.

Bev Sands, chair of the fundraising group, said: “We were so pleased to be able to put to use the money we’ve raised over the past few months.

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“The children have been really pleased with the equipment, but now the hard works starts all over again as we raise money for our next project.”

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