STUDENTS and staff have been reaching for the stars at a special charity space day.
Whitburn CofE Academy welcomed Dr Pete Edwards, from the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University, for its inaugural science, technology, engineering and mathematics day.
The normal timetable was suspended while youngsters and their teachers got to grips with a range of space-themed activities.
The day was held in conjunction with the school’s Year 8 and 9 annual charity day.
Pupils donated money to either Help for Heroes or the Bobby Robson Foundation so they could turn up in non-uniform or in space-themed fancy dress.
Richard Oren, head of the academy’s science and technology faculty, organised the event.
“This day is all about allowing the children to consider some very important questions,” he said. “Why should we explore space? Why should money, time and effort be spent researching something with apparently so few benefits? Why should resources be spent on space rather than on conditions and people on Earth?”