Brooke School slideshow: Opening of groundbreaking beach school

Pictures from celebrations for new facility, which includes Blackpool tram

Celebration was in the air in landlocked Rugby on Saturday as Brooke School unveiled its groundbreaking beach school and very special classroom.

Former Leicester Tiger Tim Stimpson officially opening Brooke School's groundbreaking beach school   PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Former Leicester Tiger Tim Stimpson officially opening Brooke School's groundbreaking beach school PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

The school already has forest school, bushcraft and a farm as alternatives to the traditional classroom.

But now it is blazing a trail with a beach offering which has no equal anywhere in the country.

Alongside the four different sections of the beach area designed to provide a variety of educational experiences, it also has the Blackpool factor – with a tram which has been donated to act as the outdoor classroom.

The new facility has been made possible by support from a wide range of organisations – including Tesco, Groundwork, the DHL Foundation and Colas Rail – who were all part of Saturday’s official opening, along with MP Mark Pawsey, Mayor of Rugby Cllr Sally Bragg, county councillors and families, staff and friends of the school.

The opening was carried out by former Leicester Tigers and England rugby star Tim Stimpson, who as a supporter of the Wooden Spoon children’s charity has helped the school on other occasions.

He said: “It’s an amazing thing for people to know what this is all about. Maybe their sons and daughters, grandchildren, brothers or sisters come to what they call a special school.

“I call this a really special school, it’s amazing, it’s the best school I’ve ever been to.”

While Saturday’s event saw fun and games on a seaside theme, the beach and its tram now become a serious part of the curriculum.