Sliding their way to school fun

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Children and staff at Highbury Specialist School in Rastrick enjoyed a grand opening of the new playground slides.

The slides have been built thanks to funds which were raised by the Friends of Highbury parent group with support from the Brighouse Rotary club.

The school have dreamt of having an accessible area where all children, regardless of their disability, can have fun and experience the thrill of sliding.

For many of the children, this is a new experience that they have not been able to take part in before.

Donna Waterhouse ,who is a parent at the school and was involved in designing and over seeing the project, said: “It was so important to us all that all of the children could join in with the fun.

“One of the slides is wide enough for an adult and a child to go down together and so we can hoist children out of their wheelchairs straight onto an adult’s lap.”

The children had their first go on the slides on Friday and their enjoyment was a pleasure for all to see.

Headteacher, Debbie Sweet said: “The slides and the surrounding area look fantastic.

“They will bring so much to the children in terms of their enjoyment but they will also offer another area which we can use for teaching outdoors.

“We are so fortunate that we receive support from so many people for our school projects and our parent group contributed a phenomenal £15,000 to the project.

“We are so grateful for their support and to everyone who raised money on behalf of the school, including of course our friends at the Brighouse rotary club.”

The Friends of Highbury is a parent group which is run by parents to support school led projects.

Many of the group have children who leave this time and so they are looking for new recruits.

If you have time to spare and are interested in supporting the school call 01484 716319 for a chat about how you can do just that.