It’s a new era as school teams up with nursery

Children at Todmorden CE Junior and Infant School, which is amalgamating with the National Play and Care Centre to become Todmorden CE Junior, Infant and Nursery School.
Children at Todmorden CE Junior and Infant School, which is amalgamating with the National Play and Care Centre to become Todmorden CE Junior, Infant and Nursery School.

A new era will begin in the next academic year as a primary school and an early years education provider join together.

Todmorden C of E School and the National Play and Care Centre will amalgamate in the summer and re-open as an all-through school in September.

Known as Todmorden CE Junior, Infant and Nursery School, it will see the number of pupils on roll increase from 180 to 270 as it caters for children aged two to 11.

Headteacher Chris Wightman said: “We are all looking forward to a new era for our younger children.

“We are all excited about it.”

Parents and families are invited to attend an open day on Saturday, June 22, at which they can find out more information about the changes.

“We would like to encourage people to come and have a look around at the open day,” Chris said.

“We are inviting everybody in to let them know what we are doing and give them a chance to talk to us.”

The National Play and Care Centre, which adjoins the school on Burnley Road, opened in 1995 with just three children.

Its popularity has grown over the years and it now has 160 youngsters attending.

Alwyn Sutcliffe, from the school, said: “It’s been a huge success for the community.

“It’s been along, successful journey and this is the next step.”

From September, a full time teacher will be introduced to work with all nursery children aged from two to five.

The amalgamation is the next step in a series of modernisation projects at the school.

Over the past 12 months a new nursery play space, an ICT suite and a rooftop classroom have been built to improve the facilities for children and staff.

The open day on June 22 will run from 10.30am until 1pm.

There will be tours of the facilities, children’s activities and refreshments.

For more information, call 01706 812019.