Pupils given helping hand

Bernicia workers and students from Ashington High School.

Bernicia workers and students from Ashington High School.

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Support from a housing group has brought a boost to pupils’ confidence and the classroom with a major upgrade.

Bernicia, which has more than 8,000 homes across the north east, has teamed up with staff and pupils at Ashington High School to transform its former caretaker’s bungalow.

The refurbishment project has seen Bernicia apprentices transform the property’s kitchen and outdoor areas ready for the start of vocational classes.

Shirley Hindmarsh, foundation learning leader at Ashington High, said: “The work they’ve done has been fantastic while giving their apprentices on-the-job experience.

“What was an old bungalow has been fitted out to a high standard and will be used by pupils for classes such as cookery and horticulture.”

The project is the latest partnership between the school and Bernicia, which sponsored a group of pupils on the Be Programme, which aims to boost confidence, self-esteem and motivation.