A "dangerous" area of disused land at the back of a primary school is being transformed into a garden after they scooped £10,000.

Corringham Primary School, which has nearly 500 pupils aged between two and 11, was one of 32 schools to be awarded money to fund a project.

The funding will be used to create an outdoor classroom and wildlife garden on an area of disused land which currently has to be fenced off because it is too dangerous for the children to play on.

The overgrown land will be changed into a safe, wheelchair-accessible learning area for pupils, as well as being available for use by local Beavers, Cubs and other community groups.

The new garden will have a variety of features, including raised beds for an allotment growing fruit and vegetables, sensory plants, natural log benches and safe rubber flooring.

The school were awarded the money by financial services company OneFamily as part of its Community Awards.

The awards are part of the OneFamily Foundation and were created to give OneFamily customers the opportunity to support projects in their area that matter to them and their families.

This year’s awards saw customers nominating projects to win £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 across four categories.

OneFamily customer Shona Duce, who has a Child Trust Fund for her son Albert and daughter Amelia, put Corringham Primary School forward for the award.

She is a former pupil who is now a parent governor, and her two children - Albert, nine, and Amelia, seven – also attend the school.

Ms Duce said: “Redeveloping the land at the back of the school will make such a difference to our pupils’ lives.

“It will provide a fun, hands-on environment where they can play and learn about nature, as well as providing a peaceful place that the pastoral team can use when children need time out to talk with someone.

“The whole community really supported us during the awards process, and it’s because of them that we’ve been able to secure this fantastic award.”

Guy French, corporate and customer strategy director at OneFamily said: “This is a really creative project that will bring a piece of disused land back into use for the benefit of youngsters throughout the local whole community.

“The projects that the awards support are all very special to our customers and make a positive difference in their local communities.

“We are a customer-owned business and for us it’s not just about offering financial products and services. The OneFamily Foundation is a way that we give something back to our customers, and each year we give hundreds of thousands of pounds to causes that matter to them most. 

“Last year, we touched the lives of more than 100,000 people through our awards and grants, and this year we hope to make the Community Awards even bigger and better.”