TEACHERS and pupils scaled new heights this weekend after taking part in a zip line and walk on Newport’s Transporter Bridge.

The fundraisers from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Gwyddon in Abercarn climbed 277 steps before walking the boom at the top of the bridge, 74 metres above the River Usk.

Two teachers, Mary Parry and Jonathan Jones, also completed temporary zip slides, launching themselves from a point 50m high on the bridge before sliding 360m to safety.

The activities were organised by the school’s Parent Teacher Association to raise money for the school to help develop the existing playground.

Head teacher, Anita Tucknutt, said: “This has been a fantastic experience, raising money for the school with a very distinctive kind of visit to one of the area’s great landmarks.”

One of the children involved, Jazmin Godridge, said “It was hard work climbing up the stairs, but there was an amazing view from the top”.

Teacher, Mrs Parry, added: “It was very scary as I am not one for heights but I could hear the children chanting my name so I knew I had to do it. It was amazing to do something like this to raise money for their school.”