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St Alban's Primary School pupils to return after arson attack

40 firefighters were needed to put out the blaze at St Alban's Primary School Credit: Nathan Cleary

Pupils at St Alban's Primary School in Wolverhampton will return to lessons for the first time today since an arson attack damaged parts of the building earlier this month.

40 firefighters were needed to put out the blaze at the school in Wednesfield in the evening of 5 February.

The pupils, staff and Governors of St Alban’s would like to thank everyone for the astonishing support which has been shown since the fire took place.

It has been heartening to see the local, and wider, community rally around the school to ensure that there has been minimum disruption to the education of our children.

– Joanne Jones, head of school

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Children to be taught in woodland in new initiative

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project about using local woodland to teach children about the environment Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project using local woodland to teach children about the environment.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project at Outwoods Edge Primary today.

Over the next two years, the Trust aims to help 40 primary schools across the UK make the most of their local woodland.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Teaching in woods is free, it fits in with the national curriculum, and no extra training is needed.

"It provides a really inspiring setting for learning, and not only will this encourage children to better understand and appreciate the natural environment, it will help them develop practical and social skills that will nurture self-esteem and confidence."

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive
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