Here at Hand Made Places we love a bit of diversity, (no, not the dance crew) and Waverley School in Birmingham certainly falls within that category.
This brilliant new school was built as part of the BSF Birmingham scheme and we are excited to have been part of it. The schools main principle is learning through diversity, welcoming pupils from 0-19yrs from all walks of life. They promote tenets of Respect, Diversity, Equality and Humanity whilst building and promoting community cohesion within the School and the wider community.
After lots of meetings with the school and their contractors, they drew up their wish list of which items of Hand Made Places playground equipment they wanted. The school site had huge grounds that the Head teacher wanted the students to be able to make full use of.
We loved the fact that there was such a massive spectrum of the school community, and being able to provide appropriate challenges for the students was great. More importantly there needed to be an opportunity of progression as the pupils grew older; from the children’s centre right through to sixth form. Students moving through the key stages of the school had to meet something new, refreshing and challenging in their outdoor play, just as they would academically within their classroom.
From activity centres to zip wires, Waverley School, 6th Form and Childrens Centre certainly has kept its ethos of learning through diversity and has since gone on to gain Specialist Humanities Status and were also graded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED!