Edith Weston Primary Academy in Rutland sees friendships blossom with the help of a buddy bench from Annington
Friendships are blossoming between schoolchildren thanks to the donation of a "buddy bench".
Children at Edith Weston Primary Academy received the gift from Annington, the company responsible for refurbishing military homes in the village.
It is designed to combat loneliness and foster friendships.
Children who feel sad or anxious can sit on the bench to signal to others that they need a friend to speak to.
Assistant headteacher Penny Rawlings said: “It’s so important to create a safe and caring environment for children so they are able to talk about their feelings, especially during such uncertain times.
"A shy or anxious child may struggle to ask someone else for support, which is why the Buddy Bench is such a vital tool in teaching the children what to do when they feel lonely, and how to act when they see that someone else needs support.”
Annington spokesman Louise Saunders added: “We strive to support local communities wherever we can, right down to the very youngest schoolchildren.
"We are proud to gift the buddy bench to Edith Weston Primary Academy, and we hope that the children will be able to use it to create new friendships and feel more confident for many years to come.”