A breath of fresh air for Cottingley pupils

Children and parents at Cottingley Academy will be celebrating the launch of their new “fresh air zone” which surrounds the school, next week.

As part of a project on being healthy, partly funded by the public health section of Leeds City Council, pupils at Cottingley Academy worked with local charity Space2 to create slogans and imagery about being healthy, which have been used to transform the space around the school to create a ‘fresh air zone’.

Parents, carers and local volunteers assisted by Space2 staff have worked hard to tidy the school perimeter and enhance the space using the pupils’ visual imagery, plants and sound-scapes.

Media opportunity

When: Monday 15 July at 3.15pm

Where: Cottingley Primary Academy, Dulverton Grove, LS11 0HU

Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony where pupils, staff, parents and carers will be joined by local councillors to officially open the ‘fresh air belt’ created at the school.

The decision to enhance the school perimeter came after pupils, parents and carers completed a short health questionnaire, and year 5 pupils at the school worked with Space2 artist Kevin Hickson to create the slogans and imagery. Parents and carers then fed back that they thought using the images to enhance the outdoor space around the school would be beneficial to the community and area.

Dawn Fuller from Space2 said:

“It's great to have the opportunity to work with children and their community in Cottingley to promote healthy lifestyles and how it can be achieved with small changes. After all, prevention is better than cure.”

The improved and enhanced community space will be used to promote health and well-being and be enjoyed by the families that walk to school each day.

Notes to editors:

Space2 is a local charity that uses arts and creativity to kick start journeys of positive change for vulnerable children and communities. They do this because research proves that people’s well-being and confidence is enhanced by taking part in creative activities.

The project has been funded by the public health section of Leeds City Council, Space2 and Arise - a south Leeds partnership of businesses which supports local initiatives.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk