Plans for £10,000 outdoor classroom

A Whitley Bay school will find out this week if it has won a cash award to raise standards in the classroom.

Whitley Bay High School is one of six national secondary schools in the final of the Randstad Education Awards, being announced on Thursday, May 22.

The category winner will receive £10,000 to develop their innovative idea for raising standards in the classroom.

Whitley Bay High was shortlisted for their idea of creating an outdoor classroom at the centre of the main school site.

The structure would be built from brick and timber but would include a living roof visible from the upper floors of the main school buildings.

The outdoor classroom would be used by departments for creative and enquiry-based learning.

Lighting and power would be supplied to maximise the opportunities for live theatre and musical productions.

Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said: “This is just one of the many innovative ideas we have received from schools across the country and we have taken a great deal of pleasure reviewing all of the submissions to date.

“In order to be considered for the shortlist, schools needed to demonstrate how their idea would raise standards, why it is innovative and inspiring, how it will be implemented and what its long-term benefit will be.

“We look forward to the ceremony itself on May 22.”

Stewart McCoy, education chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said: “This initiative has proven there is no shortage of creativity in the UK education system.

“Schools just need the opportunity and resources to implement their ideas.

“Funding is extremely tight in the education sector, so assistance from third parties is extremely beneficial on top of the fundraising that many schools do themselves.”

For further information on the Randstad Education Awards, visit