Students unveil new welly racks to Blackpool schoolchildren

Published on 06/05/2016 by news_admin

Construction students from Blackpool and The Fylde College have come to the rescue of Anchorsholme Academy with some much-needed boot racks.

With gardening areas in the playground and outdoor learning very much part of the curriculum, donning wellingtons is a daily occurrence for the primary school pupils.

Storage has been a big issue, though, with 80 pairs of boots piled up in a corner and the children having to root through to find two that matched.

“We were wasting a third of the lesson just getting everyone ready,” said Patsy Carr, Outdoor Learning Lead at Anchorsholme Academy. “Cleaning the boots was also a problem. We knew that racks were the answer but they would have cost us hundreds of pounds. Instead Blackpool and The Fylde College provided the perfect solution.”

Having been approached by the school, joinery students from B&FC set to work measuring, designing and building six colourful racks, which are now in situ.

“We are so grateful to the College,” said Patsy. “It means we have more time in lessons for actual learning and it even teaches the youngest ones about pairing.”

Ian Hirstwood, carpentry and joinery lecturer from Blackpool and The Fylde College, added:

“We were only too happy to help. Our students are given every opportunity to gain valuable work experience through community projects like this one and demonstrate to employers that they are job ready after graduation.”