New nursery facilities officially opened at Bengeworth Academy

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(L to R) Nigel Huddleston, MP for South Worcestershire, Sian Harley-Preller, Deputy Head of Bengeworth CE Academy, Vanessa Anderson, Herlig Architecture, David Coache, Chief Executive of Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust, Councillor Kyle Daisley, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, and Andrew Martyr-Icke, Chair of Trustees

A new 60-place nursery has been officially opened at Bengeworth CE Academy in Evesham by MP Nigel Huddleston

£545,000 of grant funding from Worcestershire County Council has helped to support the development of a £715,000 Nursery extension to the school which will help to meet the increased demand for Nursery places within the local school community.

The purpose-built extension to the school, designed by architect Vanessa Anderson from Herlig Architects Ltd, and built by Neil R Shipley and Co Ltd, has provided the school with two nursery classrooms with cloakrooms, changing facilities and office space.  

Furniture and resources have been carefully chosen to help children learn and develop the real-life and physical skills they will need to excel, as they begin their early years of education.

Drawing on the school’s vision to develop confident, aspirational learners and leaders of the future, the provision within the nursery takes inspiration from the Curiosity Approach. The facilities and learning opportunities are designed to inspire children's curiosity, awe and wonder.

The design of the building enables a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor learning, as well as providing children with ample opportunities to develop independence, such as a split-level kitchen which helps children understand food preparation and cooking from an early age.

Bengeworth Trust CEO David Coaché said, “Staff and the local community have moved heaven and earth to ensure that families could benefit from high quality Early Years provision within Bengeworth CE Academy. Investment in local schools and their facilities is an investment in the future of Evesham, and our Trust is incredibly grateful for the financial contributions made by supporters of this project to realise an ambitious vision for children’s education.”

Councillor Kyle Daisley, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council attended the official opening.

Councillor David Chambers, Cabinet Member for Education, at Worcestershire County Council said: “The new facilities at the school are fantastic, and I look forward to hearing how the children use them to develop, learn and grow. Facilities such as these, which focus on developing a child’s learning and key skills alongside the dedication of the staff ensures the children have a positive start in their education. Schools are a fundamental part of a community and it’s pleasing to see another excellent educational facility being built and ready for children to use in our county.”