Pupils at Cromford Church of England Primary School are making the most of their playtime and outdoor learning opportunities now that their playground has had a significant makeover.

Thanks to a £3,000 donation from local company Longcliffe, donations from two other companies and matched funding from Derbyshire County Council, the school was able to go ahead with its £12,000 project. Work included repairing soft surfacing, replacing tarmac, and adding new markings to the infants’ playground.

Headteacher Liz Foster says: “We are so grateful for the support we had from Longcliffe and our other sponsors. The playground had become really very run-down and unattractive for our younger pupils. This financial boost has enabled us to transform it into a much more usable and fun space for them.”

Darren Mooney, Commercial Manager at Longcliffe joined the other sponsoring companies in a visit to the school to see for themselves just what a difference the revamped playground is making. He added: “We support a wide range of community projects and were delighted to be able to make such a difference to this one. Playtime is such an important part of the school day and so it was great to see how much the Cromford pupils were making the most of their updated playground.”

The project was supported by Longcliffe, Tarmac, Slinters and Derbyshire County Council.