A VILLAGE school has two new faces in lessons — a pair of robins fly into the classroom every day.
They perch on the windowsill during lessons at Astley Church of England Primary School near Stourport, Worcestershire, and are even happy to be handled.
They arrived in September when staff started leaving windows ajar to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus.
The robins have also been joined by the occasional blue tit which flies through the open windows of the 99-pupil school.
Now the pair also come into the school hall, corridor and staff room while pupils are studying.
Headteacher Alison Reakes-Williams said: ‘The children were surprised at first, but they’ve really appreciated seeing these beautiful little birds up close.
‘It is lovely and has grabbed the heartstrings at the school.
‘It is something positive at such a tough time.
‘Because we are a rural school and we wanted to keep our children safe we opened the windows to ensure ventilation.
‘Because of the rural location of the school we have robins nearby and they started making their way in through the windows.
‘As well as the robins we had a blue tit this morning and we have a picture of a teacher holding a blue tit. That was a real treat.
‘It appears the same two robins keep coming. They’ve been coming into the classrooms, halls, corridors and the staff room. They’ve been everywhere.
‘The children love it. They bring a smile to their faces, but they’re also sensible with them.
‘They are so respectful, quiet and careful with them.
‘They have been finding out more about these birds and drawing them in outdoor classes.
‘Now the robins have plucked up the courage to come in during class time and sit on the windowsills.
‘We talk about mental health and wellbeing. It is about appreciating small moments like these that bring joy. It is just lovely.
‘They say robins are braver and much more friendly than blue tits, which seem more scared, and that might be why the robins let the teachers pick them up.’