Looking to the future as new nursery opens

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A new nursery, which has started at a north Northumberland school for the first time in more than a century, has been officially opened.

The facility was unveiled last week at Amble First School, in Edwin Street.

Alice Bell with her grandson Luke James and children, parents and staff at the new nursery at Amble First School.

Alice Bell with her grandson Luke James and children, parents and staff at the new nursery at Amble First School.

It is the first time the school has had a nursery class for 106 years and was established to meet a need identified by parents.

Headteacher Joyce Jenkins said: “I am really excited about the opening of our new nursery.

“We have managed 106 years without one but now it is open you realise who important it is.

“The children are enjoying being here and it provides a good service to the community.

Alice Bell with her grandson Luke James and grandson Theo Wilson at the opening of the new nursery at Amble First School.

Alice Bell with her grandson Luke James and grandson Theo Wilson at the opening of the new nursery at Amble First School.

“It means that we can welcome the children into the school community from an earlier age.”

Four generations of the same family who have attended the school were invited to open the nursery.

This included three-year-old Theo Wilson, who is in the nursery class, his great grandma Alice Bell, who still volunteers at the school, and Hartlepool United footballer Luke James.

Teenager James, who is Hartlepool United’s top-scorer this season, said: “It is an honour to open the nursery. I have happy memories of being at this school.”

The new nursery has been part of major changes at the school.

Earlier this year, a new fit-for-purpose mobile classroom, costing around £34,000, was opened.

It replaced an old, wooden facility, which was around 40 years old.

The new building is more modern and larger in size than its predecessor.

The work allowed the school to convert one of the classrooms in the main building, ready for the opening of the nursery class.