A JARROW school has been given a cash boost to help with new boundary fencing.
Simonside Primary School has added hoop top railings to its existing low-level wall to make the grounds more secure for its 184 pupils.
The school, in Glasgow Road, has also fitted 6ft internal fencing to ensure access to the school is controlled, while new electronic gates are also due to be installed as part of a £17,000 scheme.
The Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum has given £5,000 towards the costs.
Coun Arthur Meeks presented the money to Simonside Primary School headteacher Harriet Bland, alongside his fellow Bede ward members Couns Fay Cunningham and Margaret Peacock, who is forum vice-chairwoman.
Coun Meeks said: “We were delighted to support the school with this project and we’re really happy with how it looks, as it blends in well with the local area.
“There are lots of children on the school site and so safety and security is really important.
We hope that the new fencing will help to protect school property, while creating a safer place for the staff and pupils when they’re not in the classroom.
“It will also help staff to make sure people visiting the school only enter through the new electronic school gates.”
Ms Bland said: “We are very grateful to the Jarrow and Boldon Forum for their contribution to this project.
“We can now be confident that our children are safe and that school property is well protected.”