A GRAND gesture has helped a group of youngsters at Laygate Community School become kings and queens of the castle.
Pupils have been given a chance to enjoy a week-long recreational break at Ford Castle in Northumberland.
The trip is thanks to a £1,000 grant from South Tyneside Council, that has helped towards their accommodation costs.
The group of 20 Year 5 and 6 pupils, aged 10 to 11, will be heading to Northumberland on Monday.
They will take part in activities that aim to broaden their life experiences and provide them with an opportunity to achieve basic tasks that they take for granted at home.
The young people will encounter a host of adventurous, outdoor fun that will develop their teamwork skills, help build up personal responsibilities and enhance their physical health and wellbeing.
Michelle Lauder, deputy headteacher at Laygate Community School, said: “We appreciate the continued support from the Simonside and Rekendyke ward members and the local community, towards the ongoing work we are delivering in school.
“The funding will allow the young people to widen their horizons and benefit from a week of recreational activities that will provide them with essential skills and memories they can treasure for years to come.”
Coun Ed Malcolm, a ward member for Simonside and Rekendyke, said: “We are pleased to help and support the young people of Laygate Community School.
“The forthcoming recreational visit is just one in a series of impressive extra curricula activities organised by the school.
“It shows ambition to provide the young people with the very best development opportunities.
“We hope the young people enjoy their visit to Ford Castle, and put their new found skills to good use in the classroom and in the local community.”