Four years of saving the pennies paid off for staff and pupils at an Ifield primary school when they celebrated the official opening of their brand new nursery building.
Children at St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, on The Mardens, had been using temporary accomodation in the school grounds.
But after four years of hard work to establish the nursery in the community, the school was granted planning permission for a new building on the same site, which took just ten weeks to build.
Headteacher, Helen Fletcher-Reilly, said: “The nursery was set up by myself and governors four years ago as a sort of vision and everyone worked so hard to get it off the ground.
“It has become so successful and popular every year, that we were able to go ahead and put in a planning application for a new building.
“That was granted and we were able to officially open the building last week. We financed the nursery ourselves, not the local authority, and so it is has not cost the tax payer any money.
“Because of the hard work we have put in to it, it is close to our hearts and it was a very proud moment for us to see the building open.
“It was a risk we took four years ago but it has certainly paid off.
“It is in exactly the same place, exactly the same sort of shape and of the same design. It is a really worth while venture which will serve the whole community. It is a lovely building and I hope that children will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.”
Special guests, including the Bishop of Horsham, Reverend Mark Sowerby, Crawley MP Henry Smith, and the builders who built the nursery attended the opening ceremony.
Ms Fletcher-Reilly said: “We had such an amazing and special day. We had two lovely services and the Bishop led prayers outside of the new building.
“Our building contractors were amazing, it only took them 10 weeks to build the nursery, six weeks over the school holidays and we only had to close it two weeks in July and two weeks in September. They did us proud and they did not let us down.”
The nursery currently has 80 children with 36 children per morning or afternoon session.
Ms Fletcher-Reilly added: “We are going to extend the nursery times this year so that there is not just provision during the school terms but holidays as well, and so there will be a service all year around. It has been a big step for us. It is something for the future of our area.”
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