Staff and pupils at a Walthamstow school are celebrating after receiving a “fantastic” financial boost to help improve children’s reading skills.

St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Brooke Road is one of 72 schools in England to have been awarded £95,600 from the Department for Education.

The money from the Department’s Strategic School Improvement Fund will go towards the school’s Read Right Project which is driven by research and sees children taught in small groups.

As a Teaching School, St Mary's aims to improve reading across Waltham Forest, north-east London and the east of England.

St Mary’s was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last report in April 2016.

Teacher Beverley Hall said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in this important bid.

“It’s fantastic that the funding will help us to further develop the success we have had in teaching the higher skills of reading comprehension at St Mary’s and to roll this out to other schools and children in Waltham Forest and beyond.”