A £40,000 government grant has been awarded to Tilstock Primary School and Nursery.

The environmental grant will enable the refurbishment of classrooms and upgrading of facilities, with a special focus on the nursery and early years.

Plans are in place to create a larger, welcoming reception area and to upgrade IT systems to improve the support of teaching and learning across the school, now part of The Marches Academy Trust.

Joanne Jones, business manager at the trust, said: “The grant will enable us to better support the fundamental needs of the staff and pupils creating an enhanced learning environment.”

Work on the improvements is due to begin on December 1 and should be completed by the start of the new term in January when new head of school, James Spicer, and deputy headteacher, Kerry Goff, will take charge.