Milton Hall Primary School at Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex has come up with a novel solution to increase teaching space, by turning a disused private jet into a new classroom.
The school, which was running out of spaces for teaching since a surge in pupil numbers, was looking at building an additional classroom, but purchased the plane for a significantly lower cost.
The unused Cessna Citation fuselage was spotted by the school's media manager Jon Baker who was having a flying lesson at Southend Airport. He "thought it would make a good classroom", Claire Reynolds, the school's business manager said.
"It will receive a full make-over to turn it into a brand new exciting learning space for the children to engross themselves in," Ms Reynolds said.
The borough council's health and safety team has examined the jet and will be monitoring the renovation. The school estimates it will take up to four months to transform the space with seating, lighting, solar panels and wind turbines.
Once renovated with benches and solar panels, the jet will be able to house classes of up to 15 children. It is being transformed into a hub for information and computer technology and media studies.
Teachers are also hoping that the experience of learning inside such a unique space will elevate the children's creative writing lessons.
Posted by Harriet McGowan