Beach School plans revealed

The Wave Project announces plans to build world’s first Beach School for vulnerable young people 

  • New building on Gwithian Towans beach will be the first purpose-built Beach School for vulnerable children in the world
  • Beach School is an evidence-based intervention that combines outdoor learning and surfing to help children at risk of exclusion re-engage with learning
  • Local public are invited to consultation event on 15th May

The UK’s leading surf therapy charity, The Wave Project, has announced plans to build the world’s first purpose-built Beach School to support vulnerable local children who struggle to engage with traditional school lessons and are at risk of permanent exclusion.

The new facility is planned for a site in close proximity to Gwithian Towans beach, in Hayle, Cornwall. Truro-based architects Lavigne Lonsdale have been briefed to lead the design of the facility, with a public consultation on the project to take place on May 15th from 10am to 5pm at Sunset Surf, Gwithian Towans, Cornwall.

Members of the public from the surrounding area are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to hear The Wave Project and Lavigne Lonsdale present the scheme proposal for the building, and answer questions about the project.

The Wave Project Beach School is an evidence-based intervention that combines outdoor learning and surfing with innovative schemes of work that help children to re-engage with the idea of learning.

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The concept is currently in operation at The Wave Project’s local projects across the country – but this would be the first time that a physical facility has been erected for this purpose, and would be the first facility of its type anywhere in the world.

Children currently referred to The Wave Project beach school classes attend for one full day per week during normal school time, providing them with a break from school, and helping them to reset their thinking about learning. Spending most of the day in their wetsuits and learn outside, on the beach and in the sea, children attend lessons devised to incorporate the natural environment in the pupils’ learning.

The new Beach School facility at Gwithian would enable the course to be delivered to up to 75 children each week (15 per day). The design has been developed thoughtfully to give children the sense of being outdoors all the time, whilst keeping them safe.

Joe Taylor, Founder & CEO, The Wave Project said:

“The Beach School represents a significant opportunity for The Wave Project to extend its services to the local community, and we’re excited to be pioneering this groundbreaking model for education. We hope it will provide a blueprint for other beach schools nationally – and worldwide – helping to reduce the number of children who fall out of the traditional education system all together.”