OPAL Play Project

Welcome to our Opal Play Project page. Here you will be able to find out what our Opal Play Project is and keep up to date on how our project is progressing.

What is the Opal Play Project?

OPAL is a mentor supported school improvement programme that addresses all the areas that schools must plan for if they want to strategically and sustainably improve the quality of their play opportunities. 

The project is undertaken with specialist support from an OPAL mentor. This embeds play into the school’s policies and practices and establishes clear guiding principles and strategies for initiating lasting changes at playtimes.

Opals vision is that every child in every school has an amazing hour of high quality play every day – with no exceptions.

To find out more about OPAL and the story behind it click here

To find out more about the importance of playtime and how you can help your child enjoy outdoor play please take a look at the booklet below.

We have developed a Risk Benefit and Play Policy which can be downloaded below. The policy uses the principles from the Managing risk in play documents published by the Play safety forum. Their position statment can also be downloaded below.

Three Principles For Happy Playtimes

The children are taught three simple principles to help them maintain happy playtimes;

  • Only report things to adults if it is necessary.
  • Say 'No thank you' if someone is doing something that you don't want them to or you don't like.
  • Always use good manners.
  • When children are not successful in dealing with a situation themselves using these they ask for adult support.

Our Opal Play Project Working Party

Alison Rostron (Headteacher)

Eliza Sanbach (Reception Teacher)

Ruth Kirk (KS1 Teaching Assistant)

Claire Farrington (Play Co-ordinator)

Helen Wells (Midday Assistant and Link Club Play Assistant)

Lynne Hollingsworth (Governor)

Rachel Woods (Parent)

Our Play Team

Our Play Team that work on a day to day basis with the children at lunchtimes and during Link Club are;

Claire Farrington (Play Co-ordinator and team leader)

Helen Wells (Midday Assistant and Link Club Assistant)

Kate Collins (Midday Assistant)

You can speak to any members of the team to get updates and further information.

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