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Ipswich Special School

Working with Ipswich Special School and Variety – the Children’s Charity, Urban Play created an engaging and thrilling space for senior students. The playground uses research-backed equipment which is specifically designed to encourage the development of happy & healthy students. The playground offers social, physical and cognitive play nodes within one footprint and is suitable for children of all abilities. Swinging, climbing, spinning, sliding and balancing are some of the activites that are found in the playspace. Made from wood, bricks, sandstone, stones and cement, a barefoot sensory path takes students on a play journey which engages all of their senses.

The space uses a range of equipment that focuses on sensory and physical movement. A Double Zip line features an accessible seat and a pommel seat which encourages students of various abilities to experience the thrill of the Zip Line together. A Tipi Carousel allows students to sit, stand or lie down as the enjoy the sensation of spinning and a double sided Xylophone panel encourages music play & sing alongs. A Galaxy play piece is specifically designed for senior play and offers 360-degree dynamic and responsive universal play. Since the installation, the playspace has been a massive hit with students.

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Our school caters for students with a very wide range of needs and it was a priority for our school to have an age-appropriate play area for our senior students to all play together. Our new playground is amazing and our students (and staff) are loving their new space and playing together.

Tracey Banks
Ipswich Special School

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