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East Borough Primary School in Maidstone hopes to win TerraCycle playground competition

By William Janes

A Maidstone primary school is making a last ditch appeal for votes from the public to win a new playground.

East Borough Primary School now has less than a day to drum up the support it needs to win £15,000 of play equipment, all made from recycled material.

The school was approached earlier this year by competition organisers TerraCycle and has since become one of 32 finalists - the only one in Kent.

Gabriella, Ellie-Mae and George are hoping readers get behind them to win a makeover like no other at East Borough Primary School
Gabriella, Ellie-Mae and George are hoping readers get behind them to win a makeover like no other at East Borough Primary School

Staff and parents have been working hard by canvassing Fremlin Walk shopping centre and have received votes from as far away as Canada and New Zealand.

East Borough had topped the leaderboard for some weeks, but has since been overtaken by Castlepark Primary School in North Ayrshire, Scotland and Winton Primary School in Dorset.

Deputy head Sophie Morris said: "We don’t know how many votes we are behind so it’s just a case of blindly trying to get as many votes as we can.

"Our current playground is in need of some love - we have a wooden trail which isn’t really challenging or exciting enough for some of the children, and it was put in 15 years ago.

"The wood has started to crack and it’s not really fit for purpose.

"We’d like to see a new playground with turrets and a cargo net to really get them engaged again.

"Parents have responded really well, and I think it helps being the only school in Kent on the shortlist because there’s no ‘rivalry’ between ourselves and other local schools.

"We were top dogs for some time, so we really need this one final push."

Click here and select South East - Valley Invicta Primary at East Borough to cast your vote for East Borough before midnight tonight.

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