MP goes back to school for special event

Friday, 26 January, 2007

Toddlers have been celebrating the official opening of their nursery's new home.

Youngsters from the nursery at Riverwalk School, in South Close, Bury St Edmunds, have relocated to classrooms at Sexton's Manor School, in Greene Road.

Rooms have been adapted for the children and a disused area outside has been transformed into a new playground.

The move happened in September last year, but the premises were officially opened last Friday by Bury MP David Ruffley, who said it was 'a great advertisement for education in Bury'.

Barry Ellis, headteacher at Riverwalk, said the move had freed up space for older pupils at the school and given the nursery pupils an opportunity to mix with children at a mainstream school.

"It's working incredibly well," he said. "You can see how happy and confident the children are."

Catherine Catchpole, headteacher of Sexton's Manor, said: "It's been a real success- everybody is delighted to have them here."

The move to house a special needs nursery at a mainstream school is the first of its kind in the county.

Sam Brebner, nursery class teacher, said: "It's fantastic.
We've got much more room and we're so pleased, especially with the playground."