Charity Sprinkles Magic on Autism School's Play Area

Saturday, 4 Mar 2017

No Text Pictured left: Pupil Matthew Hinchcliffe and Milly the Superhero.

The playground at the Together Trust Inscape House School, in Cheadle, has been turned into something truly magical thanks to a £25,000 makeover from the charity Merlin’s Magic Wand, which teamed up with SEA LIFE Manchester and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester for the project.

The Together Trust's Inscape House School provides support and education for children and young people, aged 5-19 with autism. The school’s outdoor space was in desperate need of a refresh.

Anne Price, headteacher at Inscape House School said: “Our playground was really quite dull, we were in desperate need of a space where our pupils can enjoy activities and equipment, which are suitable for children with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs), who have sensory integration, sensory processing and motor challenges. When Merlin’s Magic Wand charity said they would help us, we were overjoyed.”

Given a specific set of requirements, staff at Merlin’s Magic Wand set about creating a new bespoke, fun-filled area to captivate the imagination of the pupils.

The new play area is completely covered with artificial grass so pupils can play safely in an engaging environment. SEA LIFE banners displaying a variety of friendly sea creatures decorate the area, adding lots of colour to aid the pupils’ visual engagement. To support creative play, the magical playground has been filled with the famous soft LEGO® Duplo bricks.

Children will be able to discover lots of sounds with the four music play panels that have been installed in the schoolyard to help their sensory development. SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester has also donated a new trampoline, rope and log course, plus swing, which will be invaluable for the development of the students’ motor skills.

Commenting on the new space, Anne Price said, “The renovated area is a fantastic resource, which accommodates the sensory needs of our young people. Having a safe, engaging area that the children can use, will enhance their learning and development in such a positive way. I would like to thank everyone at Merlin who has helped to put this project together.”

Merlin’s Magical Wand is a worldwide charity for children, which arranges magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as LEGOLAND Resorts® and SEA LIFE Centres. Its ethos is putting the magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children.

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Cutting the ribbon: Harry O’Loughlin age 10, headeacher Ann Price, Matthew Hinchcliffe age 8, Milly – Merlin’s Magic Wand’s Superhero and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Jana Sirova at the official opening of the refurbished play area.

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