Chailey Heritage Foundation

A play area for disabled children

We want to improve the outside play area for the pupils at our special school. All of the children at Chailey Heritage School have complex disabilities. Like all children, our pupils learn through play and we want to create the best possible outdoor space to enable them to do this.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1075837)

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Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


The outdoor play area for 4-11 year-olds who attend Chailey Heritage School is in need of renovation. The artificial grass is bumpy and has weeds growing through it, and the space does not have adequate shelter from the sun. All of our pupils have complex disabilities and use wheelchairs. Whilst they benefit from some outdoor activities, we feel that their play area would also benefit from a wider variety of interactive, outdoor resources, to support our pupils’ growing range of needs.


We will create an interactive outdoor space including raised flower beds, a bridge and sensory activities. We will replace the bumpy artificial grass with a bright, durable alternative that will soak away rain and prevent weeds from growing. Along with a new sun shade, the changes will enable year-round play outside come rain or shine. We will also improve access, so that pupils can move from their classrooms to the play area in their wheelchairs without having to rely on staff to assist them.

  • Outdoor space is more important now than it ever has been and a space that is inclusive, adapted, educational and fun would benefit Louis and his friends so much. Nine-year-old boys love being outside and Louis is no different. He loves to be included and do what everyone else can.

    — Jody Bishop, Parent

  • Chailey Heritage School has an excellent team who have supported our daughter Anastasia since she joined at the age of 4. A new play area would be a wonderful addition, giving her and her classmates the chance to play and learn outdoors, whether in wheelchairs, or using their walkers or trikes.

    — Cristina and Valentin Buturin, Parents

  • This playground will make a huge difference to the pupils' lives. Everyone is facing challenges with Covid 19 and this project will allow our young people to both learn and play in a safe outdoor environment. It will also give easy access for wheelchairs from the classrooms into the playground.

    — Simon Yates, Headteacher