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Buddy bench donated to Sidcup school

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 September 2018

The bench was donated to Merton Court Preparatory School. Picture: Andrew Williams

The bench was donated to Merton Court Preparatory School. Picture: Andrew Williams

Andrew H Williams 2018

A special bench designed to encourage children to reach out and make more friends has been donated to a Sidcup primary school.

Merton Court Preparatory School in Knoll Road, Sidcup received the buddy bench as a contribution from retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone in order to help children foster friendships outside of the classroom .

It is designed to promote positive mental wellbeing by giving pupils a special place where they can go if they are looking for a companion.

Angie Macdonald, head of pastoral care at the school, said: “Supporting the emotional welfare of our pupils is central to our school values.

“By having a buddy bench in the playground, our pupils are prompted to help each other when someone needs to talk or find someone to play with.

“We are delighted with the bench and are extremely grateful to McCarthy and Stone for this kind donation.”

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