Pupils learn an old trade

St Thomas More RC Academy pupil is given an insight into learning traditional skills.
St Thomas More RC Academy pupil is given an insight into learning traditional skills.

Students have been given an insight into some of the traditional skills that were once popular at the coast.

Year 9 pupils at St Thomas More RC Academy, in North Shields, are currently taking part in a cross circular heritage skills project involving their history and design technology lessons.

Among the skills they tried were stonemason and creating a stained glass window.

The work is being carried out in partnership with the Heritage Skills in Education organisation that is running a competition in which students have to plan how the Watch House in Cullercoats could be used, whilst still maintaining its heritage.

Karen Gammack, director of learning at the school, said: “The students have visited the historic building and will have to eventually canvass local opinion about their plans.

“They present their proposals to a panel in May.

“As part of this project they recently tried their hand at being a stonemason, creating a stained glass window, and making a rolling pin using traditional wood turning tools.

“These are all trades linked to the heritage industry, and the students thoroughly enjoyed the day.”