CHILDREN at a special needs school now have a place to learn whilst enjoying the calming outdoors.

Wooden Spoon Worcestershire was delighted to support the funding of an outdoor classroom at Riverside School in Barbourne Terrace, Worcester.

Chair of Wooden Spoon Worcestershire, John Gibson said: ‘This school provides a much needed service to children in the county. The children and staff are very inspiring and the fit was perfect for Spoon’.

Riverside School is a small school for pupils with Special educational needs for social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Principal of Advance Trust Liz Hayward said: "Students at Riversides school are delighted with the outdoor classroom thanks to the generosity of The Wooden Spoon charity and match funded by the school. The 'mud kitchen' will be well used with pots and pans for students to enjoy during play and learning times. The classroom provides external space for students of the school to enjoy fun activities outdoors. Every student at Riversides has an education health and care plan for social emotional and mental health needs and getting outside to have great fun together is a brilliant way to develop resilience in order to manage needs and regulate emotions well. Thank you from everyone at Advance Trust for the generous donation that made this wonderful resource possible."

Wooden Spoon is a charity that changes children’s lives through the power of rugby. Each year they fund around 70 projects, Since 1983, Wooden Spoon has distributed over £26 million to more than 700 projects.