New area allows pupils some 'quiet time'
STAINDROP Primary School has unveiled a brand-new “reflection” area thanks to the expertise of an artist from the village.
Royden Astrop, who is famous for creating dramatic hearts by setting fire to paint, used his creative talents to design and construct the new outdoor structure where pupils can enjoy some quiet time away from bustling school life.
A donation from a parent helped pay for the structure.
Headteacher Steve Whelerton said: “It is a quiet place that they can use at any time – break time, lunch time, even class time. They can go in there if they want to pray or to read or just to reflect.”
One of the first uses of the new structure was as a backdrop to film the school’s nativity. Mr Whelerton said each class had created a separate performance before it was all pieced together to form the final production.
He added: “So they had two or three days of filming which they found really exciting. We have emailed it to care homes so grandparents can see their little person performing.”
School ambassador Beth Poole said the natural materials used added to its peaceful atmosphere.