Coventry & Warwickshire

Rugby school brings beach to land-locked pupils

New beach at Brooke School, Rugby Image copyright Chris Pollitt
Image caption A donated tram will be used for some of the lessons

A school has brought the beach to its pupils in land-locked Warwickshire.

Brooke School in Rugby, which teaches pupils with special needs, said the area would bring enjoyment, adventure and help with physical development.

The £30,000 man-made beach, funded by charity donations, includes a Blackpool tram donated to the school.

Head teacher Chris Pollitt said the beach, which will be unveiled to children on Saturday, "had been kept secret behind a fence".

"A lot of our children have complex special needs and travelling two hours to the beach at Weston [super-Mare] can be a difficult experience," he said.

Image copyright Chris Pollitt
Image caption The man-made beach is expected to bring enjoyment and help pupils learn new skills

The tram, donated by Colas Rail, will also be used as an additional classroom.

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Teachers hope to use the beach to teach science, outdoor art and possibly outdoor cooking skills to the 160 pupils.

Image copyright Chris Pollitt
Image caption They may have brought a beach to the school, but not the sunny weather

The school at Overslade Lane already has a bush craft area and farm as part of its focus on outdoor learning and activity.

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