New home opened for day nursery at Winchester's Westgate
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Children, their families and staff celebrated the opening of a new building for the Rotherly Day Nursery at The Westgate School in Winchester recently.
Hampshire County Council's Leader, Councillor Roy Perry, was joined by Steve Brine MP to unveil a special plaque, surrounded by tiles printed with hand prints of the nursery's current pupils, in front of an audience of staff, parents and children. To the delight of children present, popular children's character Peppa Pig also dropped in on the celebrations.
The Rotherly Day Nursery has been providing a day care nursery service for 25 years. Now staff and the 55 children that the nursery looks after will occupy the new purpose-built nursery building with three large play rooms, a reception, office and kitchen facilities. The layout of the building has been designed to provide secure, yet free flow access to the landscaped gardens from the play rooms.
Rotherly House, previously occupied by the nursery, is now being extensively remodelled to form a key part of the new 'Westgate All Through' school - an expansion that will create Hampshire's first all through education facility for pupils aged 4 - 16.
Leader of Hampshire County Council Councillor Roy Perry said: "It gives me great pleasure to formally declare the new home of The Rotherly Nursery open. This is a wonderful purpose-built facility which has been designed to meet the needs of the children in the nursery's care. This marks completion of the first phase of work to develop The Westgate School site providing child care for the under fives, and primary and secondary education for children from age four and up. Developments here at The Westgate School campus are an integral part of our £165 million planned investment in schools to ensure we can meet the need for the forecast 8,000 extra primary school places over the next few years."
Steve Brine MP, added: "This wonderful new facility is one direct result of the County Council's response to the primary place shortage we would have faced without this huge investment at Westgate. I am incredibly proud to have the county's first all-through school in Winchester and the new Rotherly will see children start their journey in fine style."
Development at The Westgate School will create an additional 420 primary school places, in response to growing numbers of primary aged children in the Winchester area. The new primary provision is currently under construction and set to open in September 2014. The school building will have fourteen classrooms, a library and ICT learning centre, a specialist food technology space, group study rooms, a staffroom, offices, kitchen and accessible facilities. In addition, a new multi-purpose hall will be built offering a space that can flexibly be used as a lunch hall, assembly room, gymnasium and performance space.