A Cumbrian primary school officially opened its new outdoor area last week after a year of planning and fundraising.

On Thursday March 28, Rosley C of E Primary School in Wigton were joined by parents and members of the community to commemorate the opening.

Since the plan for the outdoor play area was first produced last Easter, members of the Rosley School Support Group have worked for 12 months, organising many events to raise sufficient funds to amalgamate the areas.

And last week, the chair of Rosley School Support Group officially cut the ribbon, while pupils from Reception and Year 1 gave parents and members of the community guided tours of the area, before refreshments were served in the school hall.

News and Star: The chair of the RSSG cut the ribbonThe chair of the RSSG cut the ribbon (Image: Supplied)

The outdoor area was originally split into two separate much smaller areas; one for the nursery and one for Reception and KS1.

Last Easter, a dedicated team consisting of staff, parents and members of the local community came together to begin the transformation which involved extensive groundwork and resurfacing.

News and Star: Pupils tried out the new play area on Thursday before breaking up for EasterPupils tried out the new play area on Thursday before breaking up for Easter (Image: Supplied)

Headteacher Joanne Tinniswood said: "We were incredibly lucky to have the support from local firm G&AM Lawson Ltd who led the works and ensured the finish was to a high standard.

"Their fundraising efforts enabled us to purchase much-needed resources for the areas and a year on, we have finally put the finishing touches to the area. 

"Our pupils love their new space and their new resources - it has had an instant impact on their outdoor learning.

"I am proud of how our little school community pulled together to turn our dreams into a reality."