Children who started school this term at St Mary’s CofE (Aided) Primary School in Pulborough are the first to enjoy a completely transformed space for their early years of learning.
The two reception classrooms have had a full makeover during the summer holidays and new furniture and equipment has been installed for a light, bright learning space.
Lee Callender, head of St Mary’s Early Years, is delighted with the transformation which has already had a significant impact on children being able to settle into school life quickly and easily.
She said: “It has been great to show visitors and parents around and lovely to hear so many positive comments.
“Most importantly it’s a wonderful learning environment for the children. We have a variety of different spaces that can be created from our furniture collection, spaces to gather together, spaces to be quiet and contemplative spaces to work collaboratively or in groups.”
Lee Callender has taught at St Mary’s for 18 years, since her own daughter started school.
Now head of the early years, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, she has seen many changes over the years in teaching methods for the youngest school children.
“The area is now just as I’d always imagined it would be in an ideal world. We’re right up to date with the latest dry-wipe, mobile furniture and it all brings a new dynamism.
“The children are already making the most of their new space which is wonderful to see.”
Anyone with a child starting school in September 2019 is welcome to make an appointment to look around the new early years indoor and outdoor areas by telephoning St Mary’s School on 01798 872007, or visit their website at www.st-marys-pulborough.w-sussex.sch.uk