Schools Min­is­ter is first in play­ground

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A VIP opened Eger­ton Pri­mary School’s new play­ground ex­ten­sion on Mon­day.

In his first of­fi­cial visit to a Kent school, Jim Knight, Min­is­ter of State for Schools and Learn­ing, opened the play­ground ex­ten­sion as teach­ers, chil­dren, par­ents, and mem­bers of Kent County Coun­cil looked on.

Head teacher Linda Oliver thanked the Friends of Eger­ton School for the £20,000 it had con­trib­uted to­wards the £68,000 cost of the play­ground.

As well as giv­ing the chil­dren the free­dom to run around and pur­sue their own games, the new area has three bright rub­ber-crumb sur­faced trim trails for pupils to ex­er­cise on.

Dur­ing his visit Mr Knight toured the play­ground ex­ten­sion and spent time talk­ing to pupils be­fore pre­sent­ing cer­tifi­cates to pupils Re­becca Webb and Se­bas­tian Hunt­ley, whose winning de­signs are in­cor­po­rated on the com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

By ex­tend­ing the play­ground to the side of the play­ing field, Eger­ton School has re­tained a sports area for foot­ball, ath­let­ics, and other grass sports.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1519787

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