A SCHOOL has praised a local company for producing high quality, sustainable clothing.

Emma Potts, Headteacher and SEND co-ordinator of Adderlane Academy in Prudhoe said Prudhoe-based company, SALTO UK, gifted the school 20 pairs of polyester waterproof trousers for children in nursery and reception.

Graeme and Ruth Dance, the directors at SALTO, set up the business in 2007 and supply workwear, schoolwear and sportswear throughout the North East.

SALTO has donated supplies to other local schools as well as supporting charitable causes, including providing uniforms for Cycling Without Age in Prudhoe and Cycling Minds in Hexham.

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Graeme said: "As a small business we try to support local schools, PTAs and charities as much as we can.

"We want to offer something back to local schools and we like to give back to our local community in the Tyne Valley as much as possible," he said.

Emma said: "We are so lucky at Adderlane to have a great outdoor area which offers lots of opportunities to learn with natural resources, however it gets muddy and wet very easily. 

"Our children are well-trained to put on waterproof trousers and wellies each time they go outside."

Hexham Courant: DIG: Children at AdderlaneDIG: Children at Adderlane

Emma says the school has spent a lot of money with Early Years companies on waterproof clothing for the children, but they seemed to be replacing them every year due to poor quality. 

"We were absolutely thrilled when SALTO UK Ltd. gifted us 20 pairs of waterproof trousers which are excellent quality. We have lots of happy faces in Nursery and Reception now, as children aren't wearing torn waterproofs anymore."

Hexham Courant: PLAY: Children at Adderlane wearing the gifted waterproof trousersPLAY: Children at Adderlane wearing the gifted waterproof trousers

SALTO, which employs people from Prudhoe, also supply Adderlane Academy's school uniform.

"The company keep abreast of current legislation in relation to poverty proofing school uniform. The uniform is of such good quality it can be passed onto other children still looking fresh, avoiding false economy," Emma said.

Hexham Courant: SCHOOL: Children at Adderlane SCHOOL: Children at Adderlane

"We are all becoming more wary of throw away fashion, and the recycling of uniform we are able to do due to the quality of the uniform is refreshing. Our uniform is recycled via ourselves and the local Miners Lamp food bank. 

"The ethos of this local company ensures that the people making, selling and wearing the uniform are all protected. 

"Graeme and the team at SALTO do so much for local schools and organisations and this latest donation sums up what a difference they make," Emma said.