Ingenious pupils with a flair for design won Malmesbury Primary School £2,500 of vouchers to help it become more sustainable.

They came first in an eco competition run by public sector procurement organisation YPO and adhesives company Pritt.

The challenge was to create their own Pritt-themed recycling bin and explain how they would use the prize money to support their school’s sustainability initiatives.

Using an old cardboard box, scrap paper and leftover cardboard leaves from a rainforest display the youngsters made a Pritt recycling bin.

Head teacher Lydia Houghton said: “We are exceptionally proud of our Year 5 class who were very excited about this competition and the opportunity to help our school become more sustainable, something that is very important to us.

"We were the first school in our area to sign up to become plastic free - agreeing to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics as much as possible, and to recycle wherever we can. Biodegradable sandwich wrappers, unlaminated certificates and reusable whiteboard pens are just some of the changes that have been implemented due to suggestions from the children, who were delighted to discover that Pritt glue sticks are also now recyclable!

"We’re over the moon to win the competition and will be using it to pick out some new wooden play equipment and other sustainable school supplies.”

YPO, one of the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisations, helps the education and public sector make savings in procurement through the provision of supplier frameworks and resources and is well known for its school products. The school will choose environmentally friendly products from its range, such as wooden toys, natural collage materials, and products for the outdoor learning zones, gardening club, and wildlife area with the winnings.