A PRIMARY school in Malmesbury has been given a cash boost to help improve school resources.

Building company Persimmon Homes Wessex have kindly donated £1,000 to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School after it applied to become one of its Community Champions.

The builder chose the school to benefit from its monthly match-funded donation, and the donated cash will be used to purchase a dictionary and thesaurus for every child in the school.

Staff and pupil's at St Joseph's have been working hard to raise money to buy new dictionaries and thesauruses for the pupils as part of their fundraising work.

Ann Wood, lead teacher in English, who put in the funding application to Persimmon Homes, said: "We have 150 children and to purchase the resources we are looking at a cost of £10 per student. We had raised funds of £500 so with Permission's generous donation we have reached our target and will be able to buy key stage-specific dictionaries and thesauruses for all our pupils.

"Staff, parents and pupils at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School would like to say a big thank you to Persimmon Homes Wessex for helping us on our journey towards excellence."

Work is set to commence at Persimmon Homes Wessex's new development Persimmon at Birds Marsh View, off Hill Corner Road, in Chippenham. The first phase of this large development offers a choice of two, three, and four-bedroom homes in a variety of sizes and designs.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director, said: "We strongly believe in supporting the communities where we build. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to support St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in this way and help youngsters to strive to achieve their academic goals."