Sherard Primary School pupils enjoy exciting visit to miniature railway

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Children from the Special Needs Unit at Sherard Primary School enjoyed a special visit to Stapleford Miniature Railway.

The pupils were invited by Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer Lady Gretton and Friends of the Miniature Steam Railway.

The day started with a picnic, followed by a photo opportunity sitting in a miniature steam engine.

Youngsters were then treated to being able to sit on the engine for 20 minutes whilst enjoying a lap of the grounds.

Specialist teaching assistant Ru Hopkins said: “We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank Lady Gretton and everyone concerned, for their generosity and for giving us this opportunity. Some of the children are already talking about returning for the main open day on the August bank holiday weekend.”

Volunteer and press officer for the miniature railway, Nigel Spencer, said: “As a rule it’s a private railway, only open to the public for two events a year to raise money for LOROS.

“The children learn quite a bit about the railways and how they came about, as well as learning how signals work and getting to sit on a small steam train.

“We even get the teacher to push a three-ton stone wagon and they’re always surprised at how it is.”

The Stapleford Miniature Railway is maintained and operated by the Friends of the Miniature Railway and supports Leicester and Rutland hospice care charity LOROS.

Sherard Primary School also held an Africa Day in May, where having spent three weeks covering the topic in school, children invited their parents to try some traditional African food and watch some dancing and drumming.

Teacher Judy Hopkins said: “It was a great opportunity for parents to join us in school and see what their children learn every day.”

The school is planning to host a summer fair in the playground on Saturday, June 27 at 11am.

For more information about up and coming events at the school visit