North East Beds MP Alistair Burt and RAF Henlow officer open new pre-school

RAF Henlow Flight Lieutenant Gavin Nicholson, Sydney Reid, seven, Noah Mills, five, Shannon Coombs,

RAF Henlow Flight Lieutenant Gavin Nicholson, Sydney Reid, seven, Noah Mills, five, Shannon Coombs, seven, MP Alistair Burt and headteacher James Adkins officially open the new Pre-School at Derwent Lower School. Picture: Mia Beskeen - Credit: Archant

North East Beds MP Alistair Burt joined forces with an RAF Henlow officer on Friday to formally declare a new pre-school open.

MP Alistair Burt talks to the crowd during the official opening of the new Pre-School at Derwent Low

MP Alistair Burt talks to the crowd during the official opening of the new Pre-School at Derwent Lower School. Picture: Mia Beskeen - Credit: Archant

Mr Burt and Flight Lieutenant Gavin Nicholson opened the new Caterpillars class for three-year-olds at Derwent Lower School in Hitchin Road.

The MP spent time visiting the classes and meeting the children after opening the new 26-place pre-school, which has been created as part of a wider refurbishment at Derwent also including a new ICT suite.

He said: “I had a super time at the school and am very impressed with what had been achieved.

“It was good to be able to meet the children and be shown round the new classroom, and I was delighted to be given some very lovely thank you notes and drawings.


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“Well done to everyone involved in getting this project completed.”

Inside the new Pre-School at Derwent Lower School. Picture: Mia Beskeen

Inside the new Pre-School at Derwent Lower School. Picture: Mia Beskeen - Credit: Archant

The pre-school was created in response to demand for the free 30-hour places available from this month for working parents.

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Headteacher James Adkins told the Comet: “I am delighted with the addition of a pre-school to Derwent Lower. It means that children can now join Derwent from three years old and enjoy our brand new provision, which is led by a qualified teacher and supported by a qualified nursery nurse to improve their readiness for statutory schooling.

“Although we have only been open for two weeks, it is great to see the children having access to our facilities – which include a large playing field, hall, ICT suite and sunshine room.

“The children’s familiarity with Derwent will improve their transition and make it easier to start school.”

Places are available for children who turned three before August 31 this year, and registration forms are available for next year’s January, April and September intakes.

Fundraising for the pre-school was supported by the actor Simon Pegg – who donated two signed DVDs to help raise money – as well as GB Construction (Herts), Kier Construction, Roddy and Reid Construction, ACO Technologies, First Response Fire Safety, the school’s PTA and RAF Henlow.

To find out more, contact the school office on 01462 812047 or email derwent@cbc.beds.sch.uk.

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