Learning space unveiled

Mrs Maureen Smith, the school's Chair of Governors (left) cutting the ribbon with Councillor Cath Hill, Hartlepool Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, with (left to right) pupils Matthew Cochrane, Lilly Brackstone and Reuben Harker. The nursery part of the new development is in the background.
Mrs Maureen Smith, the school's Chair of Governors (left) cutting the ribbon with Councillor Cath Hill, Hartlepool Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, with (left to right) pupils Matthew Cochrane, Lilly Brackstone and Reuben Harker. The nursery part of the new development is in the background.

A NEW chapter in a school’s life has begun with the official opening of a £1.37m centre for youngsters.

The Early Years Learning Space is aimed at making the transition from nursery and reception to the first year at Rossmere Primary School, in Hartlepool, as seamless and stress-free as possible.

They had been housed in a separate building on the Callander Road school site but will now be in a single-storey, state-of-the-art extension that was built on to the school’s main building.

The project has been funded by a grant from the Government’s Primary Capital Fund.

Parents were invited to its unveiling yesterday.

Debbie Hopper, Rossmere’s acting headteacher, said: “Our vision at the school is reach high at Rossmere. We want every child to achieve their fullest possible potential and these major improvements will play a key role in that.

“Enabling the nursery and reception children to learn and play together will ease the children’s all-important transition from nursery to reception and help them develop as confident, independent learners.”

The layout is said to have been designed to be as flexible as possible, to ensure that all the space can be used for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from teaching sessions to drama and musical performances.

It also has a central hub area, which will allow both the nursery and reception children to play and learn together, while also providing an area for parents and staff to meet.

Other highlights include:

l Brand new toys.

l Electronic notebooks for the youngsters to use, plus ceiling projectors to show children’s work on to walls for parents to see.

l Low-level windows so that the children can see outside at their own height.

l A purpose-built outdoor play area complete with rain shelters.

l A separate entrance on Callander Road, making it easier for parents to drop-off and collect their children at different times.

Maureen Smith, the school’s chair of governors, added: “We are tremendously excited and proud of this fine new centre, which will be truly inspiring for both our young people and their parents.

“We are very keen to share it with local people and in the coming months we will be inviting local community groups to use the building outside school hours.”