Big back-to-school surprise for pupils at Baydon St Nicholas - a new Adventure Playground!

Written by Sue Round on .

The new adventure playground at Baydon St Nicholas Primary SchoolThe new adventure playground at Baydon St Nicholas Primary School

At Baydon St. Nicholas Primary School excitement reached fever pitch for pupils as they returned to school after half term.  A new adventure playground was there waiting to be discovered.


Friends of Baydon School (FOBS) have been fundraising for the adventure playground for over a year.  Events such as the Christmas Grotto, Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer Fayre, Film Nights in pyjamas with popcorn, Party in the Paddock all contributed to raising a whopping £5,000.

Climbing up the rock faceClimbing up the rock faceCaroline Knighton, headteacher, told,  “A year ago we worked with the children to design what they wanted for the adventure playground.  Additionally, we wanted the playground to be physically challenging for all ages and to be something that children can use their imagination with.  The playground has lots of ways to climb up and down, it could be a castle or a boat or … and underneath there are areas for dens.”

“The children have been very excited and we feel we have managed to achieve something that does stretch across the ages.”

Testing out the new playgroundTesting out the new playgroundAn official opening was held to thank FOBS, with the oldest and youngest child in the school cutting the opening ribbon.

The adventure playground has proved so popular this week that each of the five classes at the school have been rationed to one day a week to play on it.

“This is the first phase of making the playground more exciting for the children,” explained Caroline Knighton.