JUBILANT pupils and staff at a Sheldon primary school are celebrating after being awarded a £50,000 grant to develop their playground.
Mapledene Primary School in Mapledene Road were given the cash injection from the People’s Millions Big Lottery Fund last Thursday.
Teachers and parents had urged people to vote for their bid via Central News on ITV after being shortlisted for the award.
The idea to transform the playground first originated from a geography project run by teacher Melanie Lynch and children from class 5 last year.
The playground, which is currently unused and empty, is set to benefit with a new music area to include decking and instruments such as drums and xylophones.
In addition, a performance area will be built to include amphitheatre-style seating so youngsters can stage plays. Trails will also be constructed with wheelchair access for disabled youngsters.
Pupils joined forces with surveyors, designers and community groups to get the scheme off the ground and came up with novel suggestions to change it.
Headteacher Anita McLaren said the new playground would be a great asset to the local community as well as to the pupils.
She said: “We were delighted when we heard we were going to get the funding. It is fantastic, we are not a huge school but it shows what an amazing community we have.
“Some other schools, such as Lakey Lane Primary School supported our efforts - it is really nice people pulled together in this way.”
She added other community groups would be able to use the facility outside school hours.
Work on the site is expected to begin in January 2009 with a completion date of Mid February next year.