Useful new addition for school

Coun Alan Sambrook, left, Coun Glen Sanderson and headteacher Helen Hughes in the gazebo with the eldest and youngest pupil at Tritlington First School.
Coun Alan Sambrook, left, Coun Glen Sanderson and headteacher Helen Hughes in the gazebo with the eldest and youngest pupil at Tritlington First School.
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A new facility will enable pupils at a Northumberland school to enjoy the great outdoors in all weathers.

The county council’s civic head Alan Sambrook and Glen Sanderson, who has a personal connection with the school, came along for the grand opening of the gazebo.

It will be an extension of Tritlington First School’s Forest School outdoor learning programme, which also includes a fire pit and gardens.

Half of the £2,000 cost for the facility was raised by the Tritlington Friends (PTA) group and the other £1,000 was donated by house-building firm Taylor Wimpey – its St Andrews Gardens development is close to the school.

Headteacher Helen Hughes said: “It’s going to be a fantastic asset for our Forest School programme. The pupils are looking forward to using it and it means we can be outside in all weathers.

“Staff, governors and parents have worked really hard to raise money for the project and we’re very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its donation.”

Activities to bring in funds included fairs, a pumpkin party and a Frozen-themed event.

The gazebo is also going to be available to community groups.

Coun Sanderson said: “It was a great pleasure to be part of the opening ceremony as a past parent with children who went to this school.

“This latest addition will be a valued asset to the school and I am sure it will be enjoyed by children for years to come.”