New Running Track and Play Equipment

The children at William Barnes have seen some huge improvements to the playing areas in the school grounds over the last month or so. 

Firstly, the school's wooden play equipment has been replaced following a grant secured by parent and governor Mrs A.Willoughby.  Secondly, a brand new all weather 100m running track has been installed surrounding the children's grass playing area.

Although the play equipment won't be in use until the Summer term when the ground is dry, the running track has already proved a hit with the children.  Used before school, play time and during the lunch break, the children are set off one at a time every ten seconds or so and queues have extended across the concrete play area. Some children have ran as much as 2 Km during the school day.  Classes  have also been using the track twice a week in KS2 for their minute run.

The installation of the running track was paid for by funding from a grant from Public Health Dorset and using funds from the school budget provided by the Sugar Tax.  There was sufficient monies available to reinstall the school's long jump pit and revamp the pit's run up.  These will again find their first use in the athletics season this Summer.