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School children delighted with their new play area

Students with special educational needs at Five Acre Wood School are delighted with their new play area, The Wooden Spoon Woodland Towers.

The new project was opened on the 29th April, which was made possible by an incredible £20,000 donation from Wooden Spoon Kent.

The Woodland Towers were designed especially for the 260 students who attend Five Acre Wood School.

The school is an outstanding all age (4-19) day District Special School for children and young people with profound, severe and complex learning difficulties, including autism, based in Maidstone.

Jane Gardiner, Fundraiser at the school, said: “We wanted to design something that every single one of our students could access. It needed to be accessible and safe for students with physical disabilities, but also to be exciting and provide a physical challenge for our more able students. Thanks to the support of Wooden Spoon, this has more than been achieved”.

Bob Beney, Former President of Maidstone RFC was the guest of honour at the formal opening of the towers, which was also attended by representatives from Wooden Spoon and staff and students from the school.

Mr Beney, said: “It was a great honour to be asked to open this play area. Meeting some of the students from Five Acre Wood School has been a very humbling experience and I am delighted that Wooden Spoon has been able to support them in this way.”

Peggy Murphy, Principal at Five Acre Wood said ‘We are grateful to everyone at Wooden Spoon for their generous support of our students. We are delighted to have further improved our play provision at Five Acre Wood.’

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