Hill West Primary School

Sutton Coldfield - West Midlands

Built: February 13, 2015

“The service was excellent. Even though the weather was exceptionally wet, the installation team coped admirably and spent every possible moment working on the installation. Though we have not yet opened our Trim Trail, I am sure that it will have a positive impact on the children and the school as a whole. The outdoor classroom provides an excellent environment for the children to enjoy and adds another dynamic to the school. 10/10 – Excellent”
Meryl Sharp – Class Teacher

What were the reasons for developing your outdoor space?
The school wanted to provide the children with an enjoyable, fun activity which promotes good health and increases skills.

How we transformed the play area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for the children:
Overcoming a waterlogged field is not usually something our team would expect in July! However they remained unbeaten and despite the frequent showers worked through the week to complete the installation. The Trail, which was designed in commemoration of the 2012 Olympics, was located at the far end of the field near the athletics running track. It was placed in a large linear formation to encourage the children to start and finish both ends and perhaps even time themselves going across the full Trail, coinciding with the competitiveness of the Olympics. All 11 units that went into the design of this landmark Adventure Trail sit perfectly within the natural surroundings of the school grounds.

How the children will benefit from the new play area:
The children will love to imitate the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games as they play on the Trail which encourages many types of play opportunities including traversing, climbing, swinging and balancing. Every unit is designed to improve their upper and lower body strength, coordination and their understanding of risk and adventure. Physical activity will be promoted throughout the school as all the children practice on the new Adventure Trail, who knows maybe this could be the start to training for their future events in the Olympics!

What were your main reasons for working with EPE over other competitors?
“EPE provided a competitive price, and the materials used were of good quality.”


Sutton Coldfield – West Midlands

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