Bucking the usual educational trend, children at an independent school in Liphook have been urged to break the rules.

But far from it being a case of wanton anarchy, it was all in a good cause as the pre-prep and prep pupils at Highfield and Brookham Schools raised cash for two charities which are close to their heart.

And wearing home clothes, temporary tattoos, wigs and sparkly face paint in exchange for a small cash donation has so far resulted in £1,100 being raised for Liphook food bank and Highfield Highreach Holidays.

Highfield and Brookham has long fostered strong community links in Liphook.

Through these it knows the need for the food bank, which is based at Liphook Junior School in Avenue Close, is greater than ever with the current cost-of-living crisis.

Highfield Highreach Holidays exists to provide a week-long break each summer for children who have mental and physical disabilities.

Suzannah Cryer, who is the headteacher at Highfield, said: “We are incredibly proud of the associations we have with the local community.

“It was a fun and colourful day for two great causes and the children certainly didn’t need asking twice to break the rules!”