Pupils go from landlubbers to seadogs with new pirate ship

20/10/11- Opening of the new pirate ship at Hollington School, St Leonards.  Happy pupils with benefactors
20/10/11- Opening of the new pirate ship at Hollington School, St Leonards. Happy pupils with benefactors
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A NEW £14,000 pirate play ship is making waves with pupils at a primary school in Hastings.

Hollington School has just opened the structure which gives pupils a chance to play and have fun in a safe environment.

It was funded by the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Friends of Hollington, and the Magdalen and Lasher charity and replaces a climbing frame that was burned down by vandals in 2005.

The old Robin Hood Hideout had to be taken down after being left in a poor state of repair.

The new structure boasts a climbing frame, slide and soft floor surfaces and was opened by a former teacher at the school, Joan Willett.

Headteacher John Smith said: “We have waited six years for this and it has been well worth it.

“The structure is fantastic and very popular with the pupils.

“We are very grateful to the hard work of the PTA and the generosity of Magdalen and Lasher.”