A BRIGHTLY coloured ‘buddy bench’ has been installed at Hagley Primary School to help foster friendships in the playground.

The bench is designed to promote positive mental wellbeing by giving children a special place where they can go if they are looking for a friend.

Lise Hyland, assistant headteacher, said: “Supporting the emotional wellbeing of our children is central to our school values.

“By having a buddy bench in the playground our children support each other when someone needs to talk or find someone to play with.”

The bench has been donated to the Park Road school by housebuilding firm McCarthy and Stone whose Sanderson Court development is located in the village.

Robert Monkman, regional sales and marketing director at McCarthy and Stone West Midlands, said: “We are delighted that Hagley Primary School are enjoying their buddy bench.

“We understand all too well how important it is for people of any age to feel a sense of belonging, and to have a friend they can talk to.

“The buddy bench is an example of the many ways in which we can help to bring people together and we hope the children of Hagley Primary School continue to develop long-lasting friendships from the bench.”

Mrs Hyland added: “We are delighted with the bench and extremely grateful to McCarthy and Stone for their kind donation.”