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What is OPAL?

OPAL stands for Outdoor Play and Learning.  OPAL is a community interest company dedicated to providing services to schools and organisations to improve the quality of play opportunities for all children.

William Read Primary School and Nursery have enlisted the support of OPAL to help us to create better playtimes for all.  Some of the benefits include:

Faster Core Skills Development:

Children at OPAL schools rapidly develop creativity, imagination, cooperation, resilience, social skills, emotional regulation, stamina, confidence and readiness to learn on returning to the classroom.


OPAL's approach makes play better for every child, every exceptions!

Happiness and Wellbeing:

Play is a human need and a human right.  Children and staff at OPAL's schools report feeling less stressed and happier, and more excited about school.


Wish List

We would be grateful for donations of the following to build up our stock of loose parts and play equipment:

  • cargo nets
  • tarpaulins
  • go-kart tyres
  • large cardboard tubes
  • off-cuts of plastic guttering
  • small world toys such as dinosaurs, animals and vehicles

Please bring to the main office door and someone will come out to collect.

NB: donations will be quarantined before children are allowed to access them