Grangetown Primary School has issued heartfelt thanks to thousands of local residents who helped it win a £50,000 Big Lottery Fund prize to build a new playground.
Headteacher Carl Faulkner said: "We could not have won without the support of so many people. We're so grateful for their backing. It's great to have won the Lottery!
"We're hoping to start building work just after Christmas and hopefully the whole project will be ready for the summer term, with a formal opening on our Family Learning Day, Friday, June 29.
"To win so soon after receiving our excellent Ofsted report is a double celebration for the school. The money is the perfect reward for the efforts of our staff, pupils and the local community in making the school the success it is today."
The school went head-to-head with a Tyneside environmental project in a day-long public text vote on Wednesday, before an anxious wait until the announcement on Tyne Tees TV's North East Tonight news programme last night (Thursday, November 16).
Now the school plans to give its 70-year-old playground a facelift with the introduction of new sports facilities, shelters, displays and an innovative learning environment. Plans are in place to make some of the facilities open to the local community.
Redcar and Cleveland Council's Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Steve Kay said: “I'm delighted that the school has won. The planned playground improvements will deliver a range of new facilities for dozens of schoolchildren and local community groups.”