A HEADTEACHER and a mother of three of her pupils have proved they are in a class of their own.

A project by Nicola Harrison and Jean Yendell, headteacher of Kirby and Great Broughton Primary School, to redesign the school grounds has won an award from Woolworths charity Kids First.

Mrs Harrison, a second year City and Guilds garden design student at Guisborough's Askham Bryan College, was required, as part of her studies, to complete a design with children in mind. So she thought of the school attended by her own children.

The finished design includes an eco garden, a moorland bog garden, woodland area, play and activity equipment trail and covered amphi-theatre, all linked by paths.

The children, helped by Mrs Harrison, have already sown the seeds for a wild flower garden, and trees will be planted in the autumn.

Ms Yendell said: "Playgrounds are a vital part of any school community, as children spend more than eight hours a week within them. The playground forms the basis where children learn interpersonal skills and how to play co-operatively."