The UK’s first ‘river school’ on the banks of the River Ribble
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 12, 2020
A nursery in Preston has launched a ‘one-of-a-kind’ river school, with a playground inside a boat on the banks of the River Ribble.
Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery has opened the brand new development in Walton-le-Dale, to extend their early years provision and ‘further enhance their learning and exploration of the world around them’.
The river school features an adventure playground, outdoor play areas, a beach hut classroom and a former fishing vessel completely refurbished for the children to use as a play and learning environment, called ‘The Ardent’.
Direct access to the banks of the river is available on the site, which used to be a haulage facility.
“I am delighted to be opening the brand new purpose built River School facility at our Ashbridge on Ribble Nursery,” said the school’s headteacher, Mrs Karen Metha.
“Our aim at Ashbridge is for every child to flourish in our nurturing and caring environment.
“Our River School will give your children the opportunity to access the first classroom of its kind, with a dedicated River School practitioner to lead engaging and child centered activities.”
Children at the river school will be guided by a team of qualified teachers and a lead practitioner, and other nurseries and schools are planned to be able to visit the site in the future.
Parents have been positive about the development on social media – the announcement of the river school’s opening has been shared dozens of times on Facebook.
“It looks incredible,” said one comment.
“Am I too old to come and play?” joked another person.
“How good does this look now!” someone else added.
The main nursery opened in 2014 and has already made a huge impact on the local area.