OPAL Development meeting, Feb 2014

2014-03-26 10.01.25 amThe development team met with Michael Follett to consider how the grounds might evolve over the medium to long term so as to form a strategic view of where the project needs to get to.
We were inspired by the grounds of several european schools when thinking of how we might develop our own. Of course, children will have the ultimate say in the matter but as a vision setting process it was very exciting to explore possibilities.
Michael was commissioned to draw up the strategic plan and this can be read in the link below. Helpfully he has included images of other play areas to accompany description and a map of the school site to put the plans into context for the reader.

Blue Coat OPAL Grounds Development Plan 2014

A Policy for Play at Blue Coat


Parent meeting with OPAL, Nov 2013

Michael Follett from OPAL held a parent audience in a meeting focussed on Blue Coat’s decision to review its approach to play at break and lunch times. Michael has worked with over 180 schools on developing their programme of play, is a member of the board for Play England and has worldwide recognition for his work in this field.

The presentation to parents set the scene by addressing how quality play is often put at risk due to factors associated with modern lifestyles. In this context, he underlined the responsibility that schools have in order to conserve and promote rich, purposeful play for our children.




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from Mr Ryan

'Thank you' to all those who attended and made the Open Morning today possible!

07 Nov 17 at 11:55am