Enhancing the early years foundation space at Bugthorpe C of E Primary School.

Case Study

Bugthorpe C of E Primary, East Riding of Yorkshire

Bugthorpe Church of England Primary School, nestled in the East Riding of Yorkshire, embarked on a mission to transform their outdoor play area into a vibrant, engaging space that promotes physical activity, creativity, and a love for reading. To achieve this vision, they partnered with us for the redesign of their play area.


  1. Limited Space: The available area for the play area redesign was constrained, requiring a well-thought-out and space-efficient design.
  2. Safety: Ensuring the safety of young children was a top priority, necessitating the selection of age-appropriate equipment and compliance with stringent safety standards.
  3. Diverse Play Elements: The project called for the integration of various play elements, from adventurous trails to creative spaces, catering to the diverse needs and interests of the school’s students.

Design and Implementation:

  1. Mini Adventure Trail: An exciting mini adventure trail was installed, featuring a swing traverse, clatter bridge, balance beam, and log weaver. These elements were thoughtfully chosen to challenge children’s balance, coordination, and motor skills while encouraging a spirit of adventure and exploration.
  2. Mud Kitchen: A brand-new mud kitchen was introduced, complete with large planters, a mud pit, concrete paving, and locker-style storage units. This addition promotes imaginative and sensory play, allowing children to explore their creativity while getting hands-on with the natural elements.
  3. Bespoke Canopy: To create an inviting reading space, we designed and expertly fitted a bespoke canopy. This canopy covers a designated reading area equipped with a story-telling chair and comfortable bench seating. The space offers a cosy and sheltered environment for children to immerse themselves in books and stories.
  4. Corner Stage: For creative expression and dramatic play, a corner stage was incorporated. This stage boasts a slip-resistant performing area and a chalkboard backdrop for creative displays. It serves as a platform for children to showcase their talents and develop their communication and teamwork skills.
  5. Artificial Grass Surfacing: To enhance safety and comfort, the play area was surfaced with artificial grass. This provides a soft and resilient landing surface while adding a visually appealing, green element to the play space.


The redesigned play area at Bugthorpe C of E Primary School has garnered resounding success. The diverse array of play elements has created an inclusive and stimulating environment catering to children of all ages and interests. Key outcomes include:

  • Increased Physical Activity: The adventure trail has encouraged physical activity, enhancing children’s balance and coordination.
  • Enhanced Creativity: The mud kitchen, reading area, and corner stage have nurtured children’s creativity and communication skills.
  • Safety and Durability: The artificial grass surfacing and carefully selected equipment ensure a safe and long-lasting play area.
  • Positive Feedback: Parents, teachers, and students have expressed overwhelming enthusiasm for the well-designed and engaging play area.