School’s new area is up and running

Pupils at Cramlington Village Primary School celebrate opening of new games area.
Pupils at Cramlington Village Primary School celebrate opening of new games area.

Pupils are enjoying a brand new feature at their school.

Before breaking up for the summer holidays, youngsters at Cramlington Village Primary School celebrated the opening of their new £30,000 multi-use games area (MUGA).

We’re keen to inspire physical activity and encourage our children to develop healthy sporting habits that will stay with them for life

Principal Debbie Wylie

The new area – won by the school via Sport England’s Primary Spaces fund – has innovative ‘wet pour’ safety surfacing enabling the children to play football, netball, hockey and other sports in all weathers.

As part of the funding, staff and volunteers at the school are also receiving training on how best to use the new facilities and equipment to help children get active.

Principal Debbie Wylie said: “Having the right place to play sport and be physically active is vital for our children.

“This new MUGA will allow us to offer a wider range of competitive sports, which is particularly important for our children in Key Stage 2.

“We’re keen to inspire physical activity and encourage our children to develop healthy sporting habits that will stay with them for life.”

Pupils at the school began their four-week summer break this week.

The school’s term times mean that the children and their families receive two-week half-term breaks.

A school spokesperson said: “It’s a pioneering approach that is now being trialled by some schools in North Tyneside to improve attendance.”

CVPS was one of the first ‘free schools’ to open in the north east.

It is based in Bowmont Drive, Eastfield Vale, Cramlington.