YOUNGSTERS got the surprise of their lives when a superhero joined them in the classroom.
Pupils at Biddick School Sports College, in Washington, did not need to go to the cinema to see Iron Man - he came to them.
Students in the school’s Unity Centre, which is a specialised group for children with autism, were left speechless when the man in the iron suit turned up at the Biddick Lane school and it was all part of their studies.
The visit by Iron Man from Ironclad Promotions – based in South Shields – was organised by the pupils’ teacher Rebecca Clark, as a treat for how hard they had worked on their recent project about superheroes.
Mrs Clark said they have 16 pupils in the unity centre who all have autism or Asperger’s and are supported in the mainstream school, getting help with developing social skills.
She told the Echo: “We decided to do an activity based around superheroes and discussed all about what different types of superheroes there could be.
“It was really successful, the young people opened up and were talking about it and listening to other people’s ideas and they also produced some fantastic classroom displays.”
Mrs Clark, who had already booked the Iron Man character for her own son’s birthday party, thought it would be a brilliant surprise if she could get him along to meet the pupils in the Unity Centre.
She said: “I just thought it would be fun if we could get him in to meet the kids and he agreed and did it free of charge in his spare time.”
The teacher said the pupils all really enjoyed the visit.
Iron Man impersonator Craig Elliott, of IronClad Promotions, who donned his famous suit for the visit, said he had had a fantastic day visiting the students.