Dunnottar School & Community Playground Project

by Lisa Williams, Headteacher, Dunnottar School in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland

To transform our drab playground into a more vibrant, creative and greener space to be used by school pupils, teachers and the community.

by Lisa Williams, Headteacher, Dunnottar School in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland

We did it
On 22nd May 2018 we successfully raised £3,435 with 63 supporters in 28 days

The Dunnottar School Playground is in need of attention! At the moment the space is made up of patchy concrete with only one piece of play apparatus. It is grey, noisy, overcrowded and there are few opportunities for creative play. This project wants to change that! After consulting pupils, teachers and community members, we want to create a space that 'celebrates the local', that brings some of the beautiful Stonehaven landscape: the harbour, sea and woodlands into the school grounds. We hope this will mean the playground becomes a hub for both the school and community- a place where people can be inspired, play, garden and forge strong friendships. 

With successful funding * we  plan to have zoned areas in the school, carefully labelled with Olly the Otter signage. These zones will include a woodland area with ferns, bird-boxes and a tipi, a friendship bench, and also a quiet, meditative coastal area with a boat, sensory planting and benches. We also envisage having a wall of mirrors and an art area with murals created by pupils and community members. We also hope to use some of the wall space for vertical gardening. 

The school is also wanting to extend the time the children spend learning outdoors by building an outdoor classroom. Outdoor learning has a positive impact on the mental and physical health of children and stimulates learning. We are applying for funding for new outdoor maths and science equipment that will encourage the school to increase lesson time outside.   

Additionally we would like to update and renovate existing play apparatus- fixing the specialised flooring by the obstacle course and adding bamboo to give it a jungle vibe and shelter us from the Scottish wind...brr. We also plan to build a dedicated bin store and paint the existing planters and benches in brighter, more vibrant colours. 

We are excited about the positive impact these changes could make to both the school and the community. We hope you do too and will support our project! Thankyou. 

*Please ref 'Playground' if making a bank transfer to school account. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Just Donate

Thankyou for donating! You will receive lots of joy at being able to donate to such a brilliant project!

£25 or more

Invite to Playground Project Open Day

Thankyou for donating! You will receive an invite to the Playground Project Open Day which will include an afternoon tea/picnic.

£50 or more

Pupil Designed Cards & Playground Open Day Invite

Thankyou for donating! You will receive a pack of cards designed by a pupil of Dunnottar School. These will be playground themed and blank inside. You will also receive an invite to the Playground Project Open Day which will include afternoon tea/picnic (weather dependent!).

£100 or more

Logo/Name Featured on School Wall

Thankyou for donating! You or your business will be able to have your name/logo printed onto a school wall. You will also receive a pack of pupil designed cards and an invite to the Playground Project Open Day with picnic/afternoon tea.

£500 or more

Name/Logo Featured on School Wall and Social Media

Thankyou for donating! You/your company will be featured on school playground wall, on social media and in the press. You will also receive an invite to the School Playground Project Open Day and a pack of pupil designed cards.

£500 or more

Just Donate (without plaque/social media)

Thankyou for donating! For those of you that want to make a large donation, without being featured on wall/social media. We will send you a thank you and also an invite to the School Project Open Day and a pack of pupil-designed playground cards (blank inside).

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