STAFF and pupils at Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary School in Wyre Forest are supporting a £5million scheme aimed at providing children with a brighter future.

The school recently received £1,000 from Tesco through their grant programme, which they used to purchase waterproof clothing and footwear for all students, allowing them to use the school's outdoor Forest School facility year-round.

Mokshuda Begum, head of school, expressed gratitude to everyone who voted and to the Parent Teacher Association for their compelling application.

The new clothing and footwear will enable students to explore the outdoors regardless of the weather, fostering confidence and learning opportunities.

Tesco's Stronger Starts grants are designed to support schools and children's groups in providing healthy activities and nutritious food.

This includes funding for breakfast clubs or snacks, promoting young people's physical health and mental wellbeing.

To support their local school or children's group, Tesco customers can place their blue voting token into the respective voting box upon checkout.

The Stronger Starts scheme is a replacement for Tesco's Community Grants funding programme and is backed by UK community charity Groundwork.

Recent research conducted by Groundwork revealed that 78% of schools currently have to provide food for children using their own budget.

Another finding was that 51% of parents agree that their child struggles to concentrate at school if they haven't had breakfast.

Successful grant applications will go to a customer vote within their local Tesco store.

Two out of the three voting boxes will be dedicated to local schools, while the third will feature local community projects nominated by store staff.

Customers can choose which project to support by voting with a blue token.

Through this scheme, Tesco aims to empower schools and children's groups to provide the necessary resources for young people's physical and mental wellbeing.

Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary School and many others will benefit from this initiative, making a positive impact on children's lives and giving them the opportunity for a stronger start.