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New nursery to open in a bid to attract more children

Mendham, Suffolk. Mendham Primary School headteacher Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne who is opening a new nursery at the school in Sept. 2014 ANL-141203-134145001

Mendham, Suffolk. Mendham Primary School headteacher Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne who is opening a new nursery at the school in Sept. 2014 ANL-141203-134145001

A Suffolk primary school is hoping the opening of a new nursery in September will attract more children to the school.

Mendham Primary School, which is part of the Waveney Valley Partnership with St Edmund’s School in Hoxne, will open a ten-place nursery for the new academic year.

It follows new Government legislation allowing schools greater freedom in determining admissions to schools.

The nursery will offer funded places for three-year-olds, in an indoor and outdoor classroom.

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, executive head teacher at the school, told the Diss Express: “We have been working on the plan for about a year.

“One of the reasons why parents have not been coming to Mendham Primary School is because there is no early youth provision. They have been going across the border into Norfolk and other places, rather than going to their village school.

“We expect it to be full and all ten places taken by the time we open in September.”

Mr Aalders-Dunthorne explained it would use current existing staff, some of whom are going through retraining, and the existing building has been modified to accommodate a nursery.

Fore more information, contact the school office on 01379 852520 or visit www.waveneyvalleypartnership.org

 

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