Toby Flood opens Northumberland accessible park

SIR CHARLES Parsons School was delighted to welcome Newcastle Falcons and England fly half Toby Flood to the opening of the school’s new Outdoor Accessible Park.

The accessible park includes an outdoor gym, timber trail, accessible roundabout, zip wire and The Wooden Spoon Swing Park. The Swing Park was funded by Wooden Spoon Northumberland and consists of swing sets, including a wheelchair accessible swing.

The day was a great success and enjoyed by all of the students and staff.

Sir Charles Parsons project opening with Toby Flood

Toby Flood officially opened the accessible park.

Sir Charles Parsons School is a school for young people aged eleven to nineteen years old who have a range of additional needs including severe learning difficulties, complex learning difficulties and disabilities and profound and multiple learning difficulties. A large majority of students who attend the school do not access any social activities outside of school due to their physical needs and disabilities.

The new outside area mirrors the inclusive ethos that the school holds, ensuring accessibility for all. The area and activities available allow the students to develop early communication skills. A school representative commented that being able to undertake a wider range of activities in a more social setting will allow students to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

Sir Charles Parsons project opening

Yusef enjoying the new wheelchair accessible swing.

For every young person at Sir Charles Parsons School, the equipment identified enables them to participate in play with their peers with no exclusions. Through using the equipment, the young people are given the opportunity to develop their social interaction and communication skills (such as turn taking, sharing, helping others, playing cooperatively) and can be used to help the development of imagination and most importantly have fun and a sense of enjoyment.

The playground will be accessed by pupils during term time and also after school, weekends and holidays. Members of local organisations who work with young people with similar needs to pupils also have access to these facilities.

To find out more about the activities of Wooden Spoon Northumberland please contact the committee on