Room X: School creates wartime-style trench

Seaham School of Technology pupils Lauren Sloan, Katie Kershaw, Ethan Wright, and Morggan Gaydon, with the school's creative team Ian Hardy, Andrew Rousell, and Emma Ferguson, in their desert island room
Seaham School of Technology pupils Lauren Sloan, Katie Kershaw, Ethan Wright, and Morggan Gaydon, with the school's creative team Ian Hardy, Andrew Rousell, and Emma Ferguson, in their desert island room
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A school’s innovative learning spaces have put it in the running for a national award.

Seaham School of Technology’s wartime-style trench and its Room X project have seen it nominated for a Times Education Supplement’s creative school of the year title.

The trench has been used to bring history lessons to life as students learn about life on the front line.

It was also used in December to recreate the moment when British and German First World War soldiers held a ceasefire at Christmas 1914, with German exchange students and Seaham’s own pupils taking part in the Football Remembers programme event.

Room X has seen a room in the school transformed in many guises to help spark off ideas during writing sessions.

Kitted out with a sound system to add atmosphere, it has been given a desert island look, been turned into a CSI crime lab, an art gallery and staged like a scene from 19th century Whitehall for a Jack the Ripper-inspired look.

The school will find out if it has won at a ceremony to be held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on June 19.

Deputy headteacher Geoff Lumsdon said: “It’s fantastic to be nominated.

“We are very proud of all our hard work of our staff and students and we’re excited to find out if we’ve won.”

The trench, which has features including plastic barbed wire, model rats and a fake machine gun, was built to offer youngsters an insight into the conditions during the war and to give a visual impact to history lessons.

In addition to Seaham pupils, it has also been used by hundreds of youngsters from others schools.