Rowena Academy

The brief

Rowena academy in Doncaster caters for a wide range of pupils. The staff wanted a new school play area that offered something for each of their classes – including practical products like seating and shelters, and products that are simply good fun like sand and water tables.

Our designers drew the plan for the school play area around the available space at Rowena. We designed a custom-sized Explorer’s Den especially for Rowena’s play area – just one of the ways Red Monkey customises every plan we design to meet the needs of the school.

The result

Rowena’s spacious playground has been reinvented with a range of different play floorings. From play grass, to brightly coloured EPDM safety surfacing, to natural-coloured rubber mulch, each different area of Rowena’s school play area now has a distinct look and feel.

All the different areas have been fitted out with top-quality play products. The reading area features Reading Chairs and benches, a sensory area with custom sand and water tables, and adventurous areas that feature our Explorer’s Den, Hansel & Gretel play house and Reading Dens. The new school play area offers exciting play and learning opportunities for children of all ages across the school.


‘’We have used Red Monkey on several projects over the last five years in order to develop bespoke areas around the Academy to encourage high quality play opportunities for all our pupils. The most recent project was to develop an area for a Reception class. We were grateful for the advice we received and the staff were thrilled with the design. The installation was completed within the agreed timescale with real professionalism and attention to detail. The space they have now created offers our pupils a unique learning environment. The work Red Monkey have completed is of exceptional quality and I would recommend them to anyone planning a new outdoor play area.’’

Michelle Benton – Principal at Rowena Academy