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New nursery could save Newton school

A FURNESS school looks set to offer nursery places next year in a bid to increase its future numbers.

DELIGHT: Staff and pupils at Newton Primary Community School cheer when they hear that they may be able to run a nursery MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50038517B000

Newton Community School, in Newton, has just 44 pupils aged five to 11 on its roll.

But members of Cumbria County Council’s cabinet committee have given a provisional thumbs to it offering 12 early years places for three and four-year-olds from September 2013.

Headteacher Gina Brierley explained the move was of huge significance to the school.

“It’s very important,” she said.

“In fact, it’s vital for the future of the school that we are able to offer seamless, through education for children in this area from the mothers and toddlers group right up to age 11.

“It would also make a big difference in terms of giving us an idea of future numbers and we would be able to make more accurate forecasts in terms of budgeting,” Mrs Brierley added.

A survey on the proposals found 98 per cent of people who responded were in favour of new nursery provision at the school.

It is proposed that the pre-school children are accommodated within the existing reception class.

The sessions would run daily from 9am to 12pm.Newton Community School was predicting a budgetary deficit by the end of the financial year of £643.

But it was expecting to end with a surplus of £3,298 for 2012/13.

The pre-school places, which would receive statutory government funding, would help the establishment remain in the black.

Speaking at the cabinet meeting at County Hall in Kendal, Councillor Ann Burns, said: “We have a number of small schools where an extra eight to 12 pupils can be a lifeline.”

She added: “It also stops pupils having to travel long distances, so I am pleased we are putting resources into this.”

Have your say

We ourself had our little girl's name down and unfortunately due to council delays the nursery took longer to get approval and now she is in reception at Newton. Finally the council have approved this and my little boys name is on the list. The school can not be blamed for the delays, the nursery class is set up and has been ready to go for some time. My two daughters attend the school and it is fantastic, fingers crossed our little boy will get a place in nursery next year when it is opened.

Posted by Newton School mother on 25 September 2012 at 20:35

This nursery has ment to of been opening september 2011, i enroled my son to start for their next given date of Janurary 2012 and surprise....the nursery still not open!!
just to all those thinking aww that'll be great...dont put all your eggs in this basket as it still may not work out!!
last time they hadnt asked the other nursery's for permission!!

Posted by dalton resident on 20 September 2012 at 14:03

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