STUDENTS have helped to rebuild a playground destroyed by vandals.
Wreckers ruined new play equipment at Greenside Infant School, Almondbury, before pupils had had time to try it out.
The children, some as young as three, turned up to classes to find parts of the wooden equipment demolished within hours of it being built.
But while workmen repaired the timber walkways on the wooden fort, 15 pupils from Almondbury High School tidied up surrounding gardens.
The teenagers help youngsters with weekly reading lessons at Greenside and offered to do the work when they heard about the damage.
Their school also held a sponsored non-uniform day to raise £200 to go towards the repairs.
As youngsters played on the repaired equipment Greenside head teacher Sarah Armitage said: "There are elements within the community that are not positive and elements that are."
She added: "We had a high school working for us this morning, which was lovely.
"We have got to work together."
Ms Armitage vowed that the thugs would not win.
"We have got to start saying that the community will stand up for itself," she added.
The school is now installing closed-circuit television in a bid to protect its grounds.