A LOCAL housebuilder is supporting pupils after their return to the classroom.

David Wilson Homes North East has donated an £100 book voucher to Hexham First School.

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the company has partnered with the school, close to its Woodland Rise development, to celebrate their return to education but also highlight the importance of literacy among children.

It comes as evidence continues to highlight how increased literacy can positively impact mental wellbeing in children, with those most engaged with literacy being three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who are the least engaged.

Sales manager of David Wilson Homes Woodland Rise Ashlea Wright said: “We are always looking for new ways to engage with the communities in which we build, so we are delighted to be supporting Hexham First School as the children return to the classroom.

"Literacy skills are hugely important to children, both for their education and their mental wellbeing, and we hope that our contribution can make a difference.”

Justine Overton, head teacher at Hexham First School, added: “We are truly grateful for this donation from David Wilson Homes and it will make a big difference to the school’s resources, especially as we have welcomed our pupils back once again!

"This gesture is appreciated by all of us here and we look forward to receiving some new reading materials for the children to enjoy.”