Schools for the future: Designing school grounds

This briefing summarises aspects, relevant to the play sector, of the guidance on developing school grounds, which is part of the government’s school building and redevelopment programme.

The aim of the briefing is to provide information, guidance and ideas to inspire the best possible designs for school grounds. The briefing is for everybody who is involved in developing school grounds: headteachers, governing bodies, architects, dioceses and sponsors.

The briefing covers all school sectors, including early years, primary, secondary and special educational needs, and considers the development of existing spaces as well as new build and remodelled schools. Using specific examples from recent school grounds development projects, it highlights ideas for consideration when designing and building school playground spaces.

Although it is not a technical guide, the reference section offers signposts to other bodies of knowledge that can help schools with the practicalities of design, construction and funding. It provides a variety of good, practical examples, illustrated with photographs.

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