29 July, 2021
Staff at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy and members of the wider community have begun work on a transformative new playground and facilities.
The project, backed by charity GeeWizz and a wide range of inspiring members of the community, will help the school create a playground which is engaging and accessible to all its pupils.
Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of the development, with the ‘first spade’ being put in the ground by members of the school and wider community on a sunny July afternoon.
The total cost for the specialised build will be over £400,000, with Guy Nicholls, owner of Tru7 Group, having donated £100,000 already, and with additional funding achieved by GeeWizz’s Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk legacy auction.
Alongside this, GeeWizz raffled a painting donated by the acclaimed British artist Maggi Hambling CBE which has raised an additional £5,240 for the project.
Work on the playground will continue for nearly a year, with the school hoping for this inspiring project to be complete, and able to be enjoyed by pupils and the wider community alike, in Spring 2022.
Principal, Helen MacDougall, said: “Seeing the community come together to bring this wonderful project to life has been nothing short of inspiring. Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy has always sought to provide its pupils with the most engaging, supportive and exciting education possible, and this playground will go a huge way to ensuring we can deliver this for generations to come.”
“On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to thank GeeWizz, Tru7 and everyone else who has been involved in supporting this project.”
Aileen Belsberg, CEO of the GeeWizz Charity, said: “We are so proud to support this extremely important project, as we know the positive difference it will make to the pupils, staff and wider school community. It truly has been a team effort, and I look forward to seeing it develop in the coming months.”