Tudor Primary School in Sudbury has been given a £12,000 grant to sort out its muddy playground after a public vote at local supermarkets.
The school’s council is keen to buy new play equipment and has been busy raising funds, but the plans were held back by the muddy patch of ground where the children play.
Deputy headteacher Emma Ince successfully applied for funding from a new scheme being run by Tesco to help lay an all-weather surface, but the level of funding the school received was up to voting customers.
“I am delighted to announce we have been awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative,” said Mrs Ince.
“This is the maximum amount that we could have been given.
“I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, I have heard many stories about many of you making a huge effort to help us collect as many tokens as possible.
“You have made a lot of children very happy.”
The school council is now deciding how the money should be spent, already deciding to put in a new surface under its adventure trail.
A quiet area where children can play table top games at playtimes is also going to be developed.
Mrs Vince said the children are keen to buy new playground toys.
“Together with the money that Tesco gives us and the money the children have raised themselves, we are sure that we can create a more exciting playground together,” she added.
“In a separate project, we are also going to be developing a new play area for the Early Years children.
“All these things cost lots of money, so, if you have any brilliant ideas for fundraising, please come and talk to me.”