Platinum Showcase open afternoon for interested schools

24th May 2023

OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning CIC
Target Audience
School Leaders
Cost (non-member)

NB: This is a partner event, please contact the provider above regarding booking

Platinum Showcase open afternoon for interested schools

WED 24th May    12-3pm

GalleyHill Primary School, Guisborough

20% of children's primary school life is play. See what a Platinum Award OPAL school looks like and the transformation it brings to playtime


12pm - 1pm: Observation of playtime

Come and see a Platinum OPAL Playtime in action - ask the children about how they manage risk and the grown ups about the changes they have seen. You will be amazed at the choice on offer to every child and the adventurous play opportunities available.

1 - 1.20pm Headteacher Presentation

Anthony McGeeney, Headteacher will talk about his OPAL journey and the positive impact improving playtimes has had on the school.

1.25pm - 2.20pm OPAL NE presents the OPAL journey

I?ngrid Wilkinson, Senior OPAL Mentor who has supported over 150 schools on their OPAL journey talks about the cultural change needed in order to deliver outstanding playwork practice. Ingrid will inform schools how the award winning international school improvement programme encourages schools to take a strategic approach to play, helping them to develop key areas around leadership, policy, risk management, environment, staffing, resourcing and playwork training, all of which leads to the transformation of school playtimes.

2.20-2.35pm Opportunity for Q and A

2.35-2.55pm Evaluation and close

About GalleyHill Primary School

Galley Hill Primary school started their OPAL journey in March 2021. Despite covid, through their dedicated and committed efforts to improve playtimes they successfully achieved an OPAL Platinum Award in December 2022.

Their play offer is outstanding, ensuring every child has a fantastic playtime every single day. Hosting the largest school sand pit in the UK (over 130 tonne) complete with speedboat, a treehouse, large loose-parts shed, den building , bikes, tree climbing amongst much much more! The strong play team is very committed to continually improving their play offer, led by a fantastic OPAL Working group - and helped by their very supportive parents and local community.

Come see for yourself.....this event is not to be missed!

Additional information

The school is located in a housing estate with no car available parking. However there is a Sainsburys local within a 2 min walk as well as a local pub and road side parking available on the outskirts.

Please do bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be served during the afternoon session.

We are expecting this to be a popular event with a limit on numbers. Please let us know if you can no longer come so we can release your place to another school.

Ticket allocation: 2 tickets per interested school



Campion Drive Hutton Meadows Guisborough