PRIMARY school pupils in York were treated to some brightly coloured fun before they leave for secondary school this week.

The Year 6 children at Clifton Green Primary School have gone out with a colourful bang, as they took laps of honour in a ‘Colour Run’ obstacle course.

Staff said they wanted to uphold one of the school values of ‘creating opportunities’ by organising the event, as well as encouraging the children to take entrepreneurial ownership to fundraise for the money needed to ensure it met their "well-deserved" expectations.

After a week of ice lolly and bake sales, the children raised enough money for colourful sunglasses, white t-shirts and special brightly coloured powder-paint.

Joanne Verity, a teacher at Clifton Green Primary, said: "The children in Year 6 have consistently made us proud with their resilience and perseverance this year. They have been star role models - and we as a school wanted to celebrate their successes. We are all so very proud of them."

To make sure the paint stuck to the shirts during the event, the children knew they had to be wet. But, they had no idea that to accomplish this, staff had organised for a super-soaker blast of refreshing water from the hose of a local fire engine, whilst dancing around to music from legends including Rick Astley.

Then, as children ran round the school field, staff took turns to throw the powder-paint into the air, which landed on the children’s white t-shirts as they ran through the colourful clouds. Ice lollies and medals finished off the event, with everyone beaming from ear-to-ear.

One of the school's sponsors, Dramacube, filmed the event to create "wonderful" memories for the children. The school alsos thanked the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for giving up their time to entertain the pupils during their send off.

Earlier this month, Ofsted inspectors Jen Cave, Angela Spencer-Brooke and Mike Smit visited Clifton Green Primary - which at it's last Ofsted inspection was graded 'requires improvement' - and came away giving the school the second highest grade of 'good'.

Nicola Jones who became the acting head teacher in September 2019, having previously been deputy head and and was appointed substantive head teacher in October last year, said she was delighted with the outcome.

She said: "The Ofsted inspection and subsequent published report recognise that our pupils and the community are at the heart of everything we do at Clifton Green.

"We are very much looking forward to the next chapter of Clifton Green’s journey and celebrating everything that makes us a good school, as well as enhancing pupil experiences further."

With 407 pupils, Clifton Green is a large school, which inspectors found has a strong sense of community.