Lessons are set to blossom for pupils at a Wallsend school thanks to a new community garden, classroom and outdoor play area.
VIPs – Very Important Pupils – at Hadrian Park Primary School welcomed Mayor Norma Redfearn to their school last Friday as she officially opened the new garden and two rooms.
The garden – funded by National Lottery Awards for All – features planters, gravel paths and areas for children to plant their own vegetables.
At its heart is a mosaic of the school’s badge which has been designed and created by students at Churchill Community College in collaboration with Hadrian Park children.
The new classroom and outside play area have created much needed extra space allowing Hadrian Park under 5’s playgroup to move into the school, thanks to a £270,000 grant from the council.
Headteacher Jane Parker said: “We have a great passion for outdoor learning and the new garden will help us to deliver further exciting learning opportunities for the children.
“It has been a fantastic community effort and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved for their time and enthusiasm.”
Mrs Redfearn added: “This is a superb project which has brought together the whole community from toddlers joining in the playgroup to granddads who helped dig out the paths.
“It is so important for children to enjoy nature and understand where their food comes from – and I can’t think of a better way to do that than by getting well wrapped up and spending time in a lovely garden.
“My thanks to the staff, governors, parents, builders and of course the children and young people from Hadrian Park Primary and Churchill Community College have all worked incredibly hard and must be very proud of their achievements.”