WORK is set to start on an outdoor learning area which will be used by all of Hartlepool’s primary schools.
The Forest School project, within the grounds of Rossmere Primary School, has just been granted planning permission and work will start next month.
A three-quarters-of-an-acre grassed field - at the corner of Callander Road and Catcote Road – is to be transformed into a natural learning environment featuring up to 500 trees and large shrubs, a boggy area, a shallow water area as well as other outdoor activities.
Rossmere Primary School’s own pupils will benefit directly from the project, but children from a number of other partner schools have already signed up to use it.
Lynne Pawley, headteacher of Rossmere, said: “The benefits will be numerous, but the project will certainly help to give children confidence and self-esteem, improve their communication and social skills, give them a greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment, promote healthier lifestyles and give them natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning.”
Councillor Chris Simmons, Chair of Hartlepool Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “I am delighted to see that schools are already working in partnership to try to ensure that the benefits of this tremendous project are maximised.”