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More space for Thatcham pupils following school and pre-school partnership

Whitelands Park School opens new building

More space for Thatcham pupils following school and pre-school partnership

WHITELANDS Park School and Kennet School Academy Trust have invested in a new building to provide extra spaces for children in Thatcham.

The Sagecroft Road school has invested in a building next to the Playmates pre-School, located inside the school grounds.

It means that the pre-school, rated good by Ofsted, will be able to provide much-needed additional pre-school places for children in the Thatcham area. 

Playmates manager, Liz Curtis, said: “We are delighted with our new building which has not only given us the opportunity to increase our numbers, but also to spend time working with groups of children targeting their individual needs”.

The extension will also allow Whitelands Park to provide extra places at its after-school and holiday clubs, which provide childcare during these periods. 

During the recent holidays, children were able to enjoy activities linked to the theme of Around the World – making clay Moroccan pots, Ghanaian rice, Bhangra and belly dancing, and chopstick races.

Year 6 pupil Jocelyn Hudson said: “The best bit was – everything. I can’t wait for our next holiday so I can go to holiday club.”

Whitelands headteacher Matthew Irving said: “Holiday and after school clubs are an increasingly important part of a school’s provision. This building means that more children can attend sessions around the school day in a caring and nurturing environment with qualified staff that the children and parents know well.”

The opening of the new extension was performed by Newbury MP Richard Benyon, who cut the ribbon last Thursday.

The executive head for the academy trust, Paul Dick, said: “The Kennet School Academies Trust is delighted to see this new facility opened and we thank Richard Benyon for all his support through the process and today in terms of the formal opening. 

“We will continue to invest all our resources in improving the life chances of the young people in the community which we serve. I am delighted.”

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