Barnacre Road Primary in Longridge is transformed for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 15:41 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:41 05 December 2016

Aladdin themed corridor

Aladdin themed corridor


They don’t do things by half at a primary school in Longridge, as photographer John Cocks discovered.

Most of us have a few golden memories of school in the run-up to Christmas – making presents for gran, decorating classrooms, nativity plays, carol services and, of course, dinner ladies dispensing lumpy custard onto plum pudding.

But the festive period must be particularly memorable for the youngsters attending Barnacre Road Primary in Longridge. This is the place to see the Christmas spirit writ large.

Headteacher Simon Wallis invited photographer John Cocks in to have a peep at how the staff and children transform the building into a festive wonderland.

Simon explained that each year the children decided different themes – here it’s Jack and the Beanstalk and Aladdin – and they spend their spare time making a huge number of props.

When they’ve finished and the children have gone home, the ‘elves’ – also known as the staff – take over, dressing the corridors with everything that has been created by the pupils.

‘The staff work long into the night – they do an amazing job,’ said Simon. ‘But it’s really worth it when the children arrive the next morning. Last year we even had sound effects!

‘This makes it really special for the children and I can hear the excited chatter from my office. People are cynical about Christmas but this is what primary schools should be about. We want children to have a well-rounded experience and that also means having some fun.

‘We are just very lucky to have such a strong team at the school. We don’t do things by half.’ Oh no, they don’t!

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