Teach Me Happy in Dunnington says its paddock will feature a sensory garden, a willow tunnel, raised beds, a polytunnel and a bug hotel.

Headteacher Adele Lord-Laverick said: “We are beyond thrilled that TRU has chosen us as a community project and can’t wait for it all to be completed, hopefully in May.

“Our children absolutely love learning outdoors and having this space will mean so much to them, allowing us to continue to meet their special educational needs in a creative and inspiring way.”

Along with fellow director Georgina Hawthorpe, she teaches children who can attend for up to 16 hours a week and have access to a farm in Babwit with horses, cows and a paddock.

Georgina said: “We opened our own growing and planting area with the children, they worked well together, showing tremendous resilience and co-operation in creating a no-dig area for the potted seedlings in our classroom in Dunnington.

“The Mitunel and the raised beds take it to a whole new level and we can’t express how much it means to us and our children.”

Teach Me Happy provides education for students who may be at risk of exclusion from school or who struggle to learn in mainstream settings. They may have special educational needs, disabilities, social, emotional or mental health problems.

TRU East Alliance is responsible for upgrading the Transpennine rail line between York and Leeds including part electrification, new signaling and track maintenance and consists of Network Rail, J Murphy & Sons, VolkerRail, Siemens and Sutra. The company’s volunteers implement community projects at the local level. The Dunnington project is due to begin this month.


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