A £10,000 grant has been awarded to a primary school following its project on the First World War.

The windfall from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used for a new project at North Primary School, Colchester, called Discovering Their Footsteps.

It will continue the year six pupils’ research by retracing former pupils’ lives who served on the Western Front.

The pupils will work with a professional historian, creative writer and film maker to develop their research and create a film to share with the people of Colchester and wider community.

The first project, We Will Remember Them, involved pupils researching the 75 former pupils who served and died in the First World War.

It went on show at the town's Firstsite gallery and a roll of honour has now been put up at the school containing the former pupils' names.

Head teacher Alan Garnett said: "The heritage of the school and the history of the building and all the stories that were told through the lives of the people who came to this school have become ever more important through this project.

"To see the roll of honour reinstated in the school is one of the proudest moments of my career. This project successfully acknowledges the children's knowledge of their subject and captures the children's engagement of the project. Most importantly the children have learnt to work as real historians and have brought to life the life stories of the names on the roll of honour."

Laura Davison, freelance project manager, said: “This is fantastic news for North Primary School. The pupils are so proud to be celebrating their school's heritage. The HLF grant will enable us to preserve and share this heritage with future generations.”'