A SOUTHAMPTON school is making an appeal for new playtime equipment.

Pupils at Newlands Primary School are in desperate need of educational toys that will help them make the most of their breaks and lunchtimes.

And innovative youngsters on the school council want to transform the bare key stage two tarmac into something more inspiring.

Parents and teachers at the Windermere Avenue site have already rallied round to form the first PTA since 2000.

So far they have organised a Christmas bazaar and an Easter event - with both receiving a “fantastic” response.

Business manager Jane Rimmington, who has recently started working at the school said: “We were overwhelmed with the response to the Christmas bazaar - we had people queuing up round the block to come in.

“It was amazing how much the community came together.

“But we’re in one of the most deprived parts of Southampton, and the children need playtime equipment that will provide enrichment and structured play, and help them with communication and social interaction.

“They have asked for specific things like games for the bare tarmac and toys like building blocks.

School council member Leesa Brameld, 11, added: “It’s better for the children so they can have more help in the playground, because some people struggle with playing with each other.”

Head teacher Karen Mellor said: “I am delighted - but not surprised - that the school council is leading by example.”

The 420 pupils are also looking for help with the first summer fete to be held at the school for years.

It takes place on June 16 from 3.30pm.