Christmas has come early at one Lichfield school after Santa made an early visit to deliver new toys for the reception classroom.
Youngsters at St Stephen’s Primary School in Fradley were thrilled with the new toys which included a supermarket, workbench, pirate ship and circus.
Funds for the gifts had been raised by the children, who had decided to donate money instead of sending their classmates Christmas cards.
Teacher Mrs Cotterill said: “It was such a good idea to put the money towards new items for the classroom instead of sending Christmas cards.
“When it came to ordering the gifts we focussed on toys that would help the children develop their speech and language skills, as well as collaborative learning, as this is a priority for us this year.
“The new toys will be a great asset for the classroom and it was wonderful to have Father Christmas make this special delivery to the children.
“They were so excited and it has got us all in the Christmas spirit.”
Building work has recently started at the primary school to add four new classrooms, a bigger hall and car park in a bid to create an additional 105 places for local children.
The £2.4million expansion is needed to meet demand as new housing developments spring up in the village and it is hoped work will be finished by the end of September 2019.