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Our SEN outdoor gym equipment at Carwarden House School

Carwarden House SEN School Install a new outdoor gym to enhance fitness & wellbeing

EDUCATION

"The outdoor gym has helped the children to get more exercise, more fresh air and to refocus attention ready for learning", Deborah Proudfoot, Assistant Head Teacher

The Background

Carwarden House is a special school for students between the ages of 11 and 19 with a statement or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) of special educational needs. The SEN school prides themselves on the wellbeing of their pupils, striving to make continual advances in this area, ‘I had been researching and looking at ways of improving wellbeing for our young people. There is strong evidence between the connection of exercise and wellbeing and the outdoor gym was perfect for this’. Assistant Head Teacher, Deborah Proudfoot. After a thorough search of suppliers, they chose to work with Fresh Air Fitness.

The Challenge

Students that attend the school have a wide range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, autism, down syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and other conditions associated with learning difficulties. The outdoor gym needed to support the wellbeing of all the children. It needed to provide a space for them to release energy, help some children to manage themselves emotionally and to provide suitable PE classes that would improve fitness.

Our Solution

We supplied and installed a 6-piece outdoor gym from our selection of SEN products. From our Children’s KS3 & 4 range we designed and installed a range of products that each provided their own benefits. Cardiovascular equipment including a Double Air Walker, Double Rower, 2 Bicycles and a Double Cross Country Skier. Each piece is very simple to use and provides a cardio workout, strengthening the heart muscles. The Combination Chest Press and Pull Down Challenger, provides upper body strengthening exercises. “The ordering process was very simple and easy. Someone came out to discuss our options and put together a package for us. This was ordered and a date for installation agreed. Installation needed to be in school holidays and this was arranged too. The installation was great! All went very smoothly.” Each piece can be used individually or in pairs. “Using the equipment alone provides a place for pupils to spend some time to regain composure and motivation for learning” says Deborah. Pupils can also enjoy working together in groups of up to 10 for PE lessons.

“The ordering process was very simple and easy. Someone came out to discuss our options and put together a package for us. This was ordered and a date for installation agreed. Installation needed to be in school holidays and this was arranged too. The installation was great! All went very smoothly.”

DEBORAH PROUDFOOT, ASSISTANT HEAD TEACHER

Using the equipment alone provides a place for pupils to spend some time to regain composure and motivation for learning

DEBORAH PROUDFOOT, ASSISTANT HEAD TEACHER

The equipment has been very popular, more popular than some thought it would be. The outdoor gym has helped the children to get more exercise, more fresh air and to refocus attention ready for learning

DEBORAH PROUDFOOT, ASSISTANT HEAD TEACHER

Key Installation Facts

25yrs

Product warranty

The installation came with a 25 yr warranty* for piece of mind

2days

Installation

Fast & Efficient

6 pcs

10 Users

At once

The Benefits

  • The equipment is used all the time at break and lunchtimes – always full and lots of young people are benefitting from it.
  • The gym is used for sensory breaks during lesson times, allowing young people to take a few minutes out of a lesson to get some fresh air, exercise and return to lessons focussed again
  • Some pupils who are having challenges managing themselves often use the equipment as a place to go for a bit of time in order to get themselves ready to learn again.
  • The outdoor gym provides a very different style of PE class.
  • Pupils are developing balance, co-ordination, building agility, cardiovascular and muscular strength.
  • Improved physical literacy, social interaction and confidence in the use of adult style exercise equipment.

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