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Pupils at Olive Hill Primary School in Halesowen are set to have even more fun at break time thanks to a bigger playground, grass football pitch and a forest area which will attract wildlife.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has delivered the play facilities as part of a package of education and sports improvements for the school. Olive Hill’s youngest children are also benefiting from a larger garden.

Rachel Cutting, head teacher at Olive Hill Primary School, said: “The children were very excited to have a larger playground last year and to see the development of the new school field and forest area this year. The work has provided the children with more space to play and learn outdoors.”

Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for Children’s Services, added: “Learning through play is a very important part of primary education, and children especially benefit from playing outdoors in the fresh air so these new facilities are very welcome.”

The new play and education facilities at Olive Hill form part of St. Modwen’s £2 million project to create new homes and provide improved facilities in the Coombs Wood area of Halesowen.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, added: “We hope these outstanding facilities will improve the quality of play, teaching and learning at the school for both current and future pupils.”

St. Modwen has also made extensive biodiversity improvements to the Green Wedge, resulting in a total of 12 acres of land being reinstated for public access.

In 2013, it completed the construction and redevelopment of Coombs Wood Sports and Social Club, securing the future of Coombs Wood Cricket Club.