Cash will help build outdoor classroom

A borough school has been given a cash boost to press ahead with ‘trailblazing’ plans for an outdoor classroom.

Whitley Bay High School has won £10,000 in the 2014 Randstad Education Awards after impressing judges in the Secondary School category.

They plan to create an outdoor classroom at the centre of the main school site to be built from brick and timber but include a living roof.

Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said: “The idea of an outdoor classroom in the heart of the school really captured the judges’ imagination.

“We particularly liked the concept that this new way of using space would allow the school to take away the walls of the traditional 1950s classroom and inspire students to quite literally, ‘think outside the box’ – as well as being an innovative solution to the age old problem of space.”

Natalie Thorne, burser of Whitley Bay High School, said: “It feels absolutely fantastic to win this award.

“It’s going to be have a major impact over the summer because we can get started with the project and ready for the students to use. The awards ceremony has been amazing – we’ve had such a great day.”

Mrs Rollinson added: “As well as demonstrating how their idea would raise standards, entrants had to show the panel why it is innovative and inspiring, how it will be implemented and what its long-term benefit will be.

“Finalising the winning schools has been an incredibly challenging process but the judging panel are very pleased with the outcome and very excited to see the ideas implemented.

“Whitley Bay High is at the cutting edge of using innovative techniques to raise standards in the classroom and we’re sure this project will be another great success.”