A new buddy bench at Maidenhead’s Larchfield Primary School in Bargeman Road will give children the chance to ‘find a friend’ outside the classroom.

The bench has been donated by retirement housebuilders McCarthy and Stone who have two developments in the town and will give pupils a special place where they can go if they are looking for a companion.

Jacqui Kearney, headteacher at Larchfield said: “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 extremely grateful to McCarthy and Stone.”