A SCHOOL transformed its entire site into a pirate themed adventure to inspire their pupils in writing.

Last Friday and all of this week, St Wilfrid’s Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, was converted into a fictional pirate-based landscape filled with colour and excitement.

Staff were hard at work on Thursday night decorating the school in secret to surprise the children on Friday, who came in to find a dark, lamp-lit atmosphere and the sound of pirate music filling the hall.

Tricks and Treats at Raby Castle this half-term

The entire school was decorated from the entrance to the main office, which even had a port hole window.

The event was part of a school writing initiative which enabled pupils to investigate all things pirate related by delving into classic books such as Treasure Island, and allowing their imaginations to run wild when developing their own work.

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The schools 230 pupils produced pirate adventure stories, wanted posters and diary entries.

They even got involved with onstage role play activities, setting sail with props in the main hall, finding treasure on a deserted tropical island, exploring the seven seas on a mighty galleon, and planning their search for hidden treasure in distant lands.

Captain Raggy Beard made an appearance at the event, enthusing the children when telling stirring tales of adventure.

He brought with him treasure and jewels which he said were mermaids' tears.

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Brigit Kinsey, deputy headteacher, said: “We do events like this every year, in previous years we focused on Harry Potter and even had a superhero theme, this year we went with a pirate theme.

“It has been a fantastic week which has led the children to create descriptive pieces full of imagination.

“They have been inspired and motivated to immerse themselves in the experience and always produce some of their best pieces of work during these events.”