Lucky pupils get a sneak preview of their new school

Pupils Tom Hindhaugh and Laura Melling match the reality of Dame Allan's new Junior School with their pictures.

Pupils Tom Hindhaugh and Laura Melling match the reality of Dame Allan's new Junior School with their pictures.

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TWO Northumberland pupils have enjoyed a sneak preview of their new school.

Seven-year-old Laura Melling, from Stannington, and Tom Hindhaugh, also seven, from Whalton, visited the site of the new Dame Allan’s Junior School at Hunter’s Moor.

The Year 2 pupils have been painting their ideas of how the new nursery and junior school will look when they move in this September and they were invited to visit the site with Deputy Headteacher Deborah Farren.

Mrs Farren said: “They haven’t seen the site since it was a big hole in the ground, but they and their fellow pupils are all eagerly awaiting the big move.

“They were keen to see where their Year 3 classroom will be and were thrilled to know they will have an upstairs classroom with views looking across the Town Moor.”

The two Northumberland youngsters had painted how they see the distinctive library in the new building and were delighted to learn that their artistic skills may be needed in the future as pupils will decorate part of the library themselves to reflect topics they are studying.

Both Laura and Tom were left speculating how they can transform it into the Gruffalo’s cave.

The new school will include self-contained classrooms at one end for the nursery and reception children with their own entrance, and all classrooms on the ground floor will open into their own spaces so children can work and play together in safe, breakout areas.

There will be three separate play areas, coaching areas for netball, rugby, cricket and athletics, and an all-weather games area for football, tennis and hockey.