Highnam Church Of England Primary Academy

Inspiring Everyone to Shine

Wetherleigh Drive, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8LW

01452 525872


We are thrilled to have been awarded the platinum level accreditation award from the OPAL programme which focuses on outdoor play and learning. This puts Highnam in the top 1% of schools in the country for the play provision that is available to our children at lunch time every single day of the school year.

Over the past year, we have been on quite a journey and are proud to now be offering a wide variety of different play experiences for our children including but not limited to; den building, dressing up, small world play, a sandpit, digging, mud kitchen, scooters and bikes, dancing and water! 

To find out more about what OPAL at Highnam involves, take a look at our OPAL Play Policy and see it in action below.

Parent's guide to OPAL:

The different types of play that we encourage:

In order to keep up our exciting play provision we rely on the wonderful support of our community for donations. We have a donation drop off point at the end of the car park in front of the school so if you are having a clear out and think that you find something that could be used for play, please don't hesitate to drop it off.

The following image demonstrates a small selection of ideas:

Meet the Working Party:

Headteacher - Liz Coldrick

Curricular Lead - Molly Carpenter

Play Team Lead - Jess McGillion

LAB representative - Linda Hanbury






Meet the Play Team:




Sam Hill

Helen Baldeon

Charlotte Cook

Lesley Bamford





Gillian Smith

 Laura Centorrino

Laura Buckland

Karen Williams




Helen Howe

Caroline Wood

Lauren Hogarty

Megan Wooldridge (Our Chef)