A school has opened what's believed to be the first multi-faith prayer room in the North East.

Atkinson Road Primary Academy in Benwell, Newcastle, has set up a peaceful oasis where pupils and staff of any religion can spend some quiet time.

And at its launch on Monday, excited pupils were keen to explore the room - previously used for support work - which has been kitted out to cater for Christians, Muslims, Hindis, Jews and Sikhs.

Year 3 teacher James Lewis, who first suggested the idea, said: "They're all very enthusiastic at the moment but after today it will be a quiet room probably used by two or three at a time, although it has capacity for about 10."

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