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Case Study: Hinderton School

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Hinderton School is a SEN primary school that specialises in children on the Autistic spectrum and with social communication difficulties. An outdoor play area is important to every single child therefore, when the play area became dull and tired at Hinderton School they reached out to Creative Play.

The brief given was to remove an old climbing frame and surfacing area and replace with like-for-like items. They also wanted to develop their outdoor area further and create an additional engaging Trim Trail circuit and role play area.

Upon meeting with the school, it was acknowledged that there was 2 different areas to be re-developed, KS1 and KS2.


Within the KS1 area we removed the existing Timber Climbing frame and surfacing, and replaced them with our Dart Activity Centre with Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing. Along with this we added our Land Ranger and Perspex Board to encourage role play and imaginative play.

For the KS2 area we created a challenging Trim Trail circuit, along with Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing to ensure the whole play area met the BSEN 1176 and 1177 safety standards and allowed for all-weather use.

Trim Trail items such as our Crawling Net and Tyre Crossing were incorporated to ensure balance, co-ordination and climbing skills were targeted while still focusing on the more traditional physical play aspects that Hinderton School wanted to include.


Throughout the installation our Project Manager worked closely with the School Business Manager, who managed this project from the School to ensure the installation ran smoothly and to cause little disruption to the pupils. Overall the development has been a huge success and the children love the new play area.

We recently re-visited Hinderton School to take some great action shots of the children and the staff, both at the school and from Creative Play, who were involved in the development. It was great to go back and see the children enjoying the play equipment.