DEDICATED volunteers have ensured that pupils at Windsor's Queen Anne Royal Free First School got a big surprise when they returned to school this week.

The school in Chaucer Close recently received a grant from Windsor and Eton Rotary Club enabling it to buy materials to improve the turning circle at the front.

Following on from that, teams of volunteers from the companies Centrica in Maidenhead Road and insurance brokers Gallagher worked during the holiday heat on both the area at the front of the school and on improvements to the pond area and music garden.

Headteacher Judith Street said: "I am delighted with the response from our local communities. The volunteer works makes such a difference to our school improvement. Thank you to all who have given their time and support to help our school."

Leon Bosch, a divisional managing director at Gallagher and parent of pupils at Queen Anne Royal Free, added: “As a local insurance broker with a national network of offices, we’re always keen to put our corporate volunteering scheme to good use and support the communities where we are based."

Now the school hopes to further improve the turning circle through careful planting and providing benches and a sun dial to further enhance the pupils’ learning environment. If anyone is able to help with this or who wishes to support the school with volunteering please contact business manager Claire McDougall on 01753 830885.