A Hazlemere school has come out on top in a shopping centre competition to win £1,000. 

Ten Wycombe-based schools have been competing to win a share of £1,500 in Eden Shopping Centre’s Quids for Kids promotion.

Parents throughout the area have been rushing to convert their Eden till receipts to points in order to keep their children’s’ school ahead in the competition - but it was Hazlemere C of E Combined School that amassed the most points, bagging the £1,000 first prize. 

The school was closely followed by Highworth Combined School and Castlefield School, who won £350 and £150 respectively. 

On winning the £1,000 prize, Baljit Bhabra, head teacher of Hazlemere Church of England Combined School said, “We are extremely grateful to all our families for supporting the school throughout this competition.  

“The winning amount will be spent based on staff recommendations, on how best to improve the provision and facilities for all our pupils.”

Clare Pankhania, head teacher at Highworth Combined School and Nursery said: “We are thrilled to be receiving this prize. We were entered into the competition by one of the members of our PTA and we’d like to thank her and all the other wonderful parents who give so much of their time to support our school. 

“Current funding challenges make this prize even more important to us and we will be sure to spend it wisely to benefit as many of our pupils as possible.”

Eden’s marketing manager, Tiffany Evans, said the community is the “heart” of Eden and she was “delighted” that the money will help improve schools in the area. 

She said: “Quids for Kids has been a wonderful campaign that we’re keen to re-run next year, offering schools the opportunity to have another go at winning a share of the prize money.

"Competition was fierce and St John’s Church of England and Carrington primary schools were especially close to winning.”