Just think how cool it would’ve been to have a TARDIS at your school. Geography and history would particularly benefit, as would P.E., what with all the running, and Art, making a still life drawing of a beheaded Cyberman…
And, of course, opening up a universe of possibilities in Creative Writing.
The lucky schools in Southport have grouped together to commission their very own TARDIS replica, based on the original 1960s model with the St. John’s Ambulance sign on the door.
Nick Sheeran, Doctor Who fan and headmaster at Birkdale Primary School, convinced the Southport Learning Partnership that a TARDIS would enhance the childrens’ lives, and, after getting approval of the BBC and Scotland Yard, it’s finally materialised!
Each signed-up school in the area gets the replica for a week, with some employing the use of the famous ‘vworp’-ing sound effect, plus Dalek and Cybermen suits. Aside from sparking the imagination – as the kids write about their week in the presence of alien tech – it’s also helping the children explore all of time and space and relative dimension (probably) by enlisting actors and teachers to pose as a range of historical figures from Henry VIII to Howard Carter.
It’s also garnering lots of public interest, as Nick Sheeran explains:
It is fantastic that schools can work together like this. Doctor Who is a hot potato again as it’s back on our screens. The TARDIS has a ‘wow’ factor. The pupils were really thrilled to have it, but so have the staff and parents who could not believe what they were seeing.
In the New Year, the TARDIS will reside mainly at Birkdale Primary School, but will still be used by other educational institutions for their own projects.
It’s a lovely idea, and I’m sure the kids will always remember and be grateful for this amazing experience.