12:24 Thursday 12 December 2013

School celebrates Xmas with a new classroom

Written byROB SMYTH

YOUNGSTERS at a South Derbyshire school have been handed a boost in the run up to Christmas – a long-awaited new outdoor ‘classroom’.

Pupils at Rosliston Primary School have been jumping for joy after a year of work finally came to fruition in the past few weeks.

Liz Greenwood, head teacher at the Main Street school, spoke to the Mail as the beaming youngsters used the equipment for the very first time.

She said: “Twelve months ago we had a bungalow adjacent to the school demolished in order that we could use the space as an outdoor ‘classroom’.

“The demolition team left us with a newly seeded, slightly sloped, piece of grass, and, following the installation of new fences, the area was ready for development.

“Following consultation with staff, governors and pupils we decided to have some activity apparatus installed which could be used during PE lessons and which was suitable for use by all the children from four to 11 years.

“I am pleased to be able to report that this equipment is now installed and, as far as the children are concerned, I think it is the best Christmas present once again.

“We aim to develop the space further with a poly tunnel for gardening, a wildlife area and also some trees along the road.

“The site has been in use by our gardening club who achieved a bronze award from East Midlands in Bloom for their efforts. We also had a winner in their photo competition and a highly commended in the same competition so we are very proud of our achievements.”

Last December, the Mail reported how the school had been given ‘the best Christmas present ever’ after being handed the land.

The work marks the end of a saga originally rooted in safety concerns because the bungalow’s former owners controlled access to the school’s playground.

Whenever the school wanted to access the site, it was forced to ask the private home’s owners to open a set of double gates.

The problem was solved when the bungalow was put on the market and snapped up by Derbyshire County Council, which gave the driveway to the head teacher and her team.

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