The side window to the classroom affords a very good view of the comings and goings and at first the students were scared and wanted me to get someone in to knock it down and kill the wasps. I declined and, as time has passed, they got used to it and started to take an interest in what's happening in there.
Of course we take care if we have to go near it but, to be honest, the wasps are only interested in their nest and only head in and out on their personal flight paths, which don't cross ours. The picture shows the most we've ever seen there-they seemed to be sunbathing, banging their rear ends on the wood and waving their wings. Term ends soon and they can be left to it. In the autumn they will all die and that nest shouldn't be colonised again.
They are very beneficial to gardens and eat aphids. They also sting, of course, if riled. Things which can also be said of bees, but we seem to like them better overall. This year seems to be very waspy, last year there didn't seem to be many at all. If this lot get out of hand it'll have to be curtains, which seems such a shame.