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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Barrow school’s expansion could lead to 10 new jobs

GOVERNORS have unanimously agreed to extend the age range of their school.

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‘VERY EXCITING’ Caroline Hoggarth, headteacher at Greengate school, says the plan is a ‘massive investment’ in the community

Greengate Infant and Nursery School is due to be the first Barrow primary school to use changes in the law to allow it to take two-year-olds.

The Greengate Street school, which now teaches three- to seven-year-olds, will see up to 32 two-year-olds join them from September.

The school has said it aims to bring consistency to local children under the leadership of headteacher Caroline Hoggarth and the governing body.

The governors have also agreed to make a £25,000 investment in the buildings to accommodate the new age group and the wrap-around before and after-school care that it will offer for different-aged pupils.

The changes are due to lead to as many as 10 new jobs being created.

The two-year-olds will be based in the area of the school which is now rented to the privately run Greengate Rainbow Pre-School, which is to close.

Mrs Hoggarth said the school wants to create a consistent educational journey for the children in their community.

The head said: “This is very exciting and it is a massive investment and huge move for our children and community.

“The learning for two-year-olds will be age appropriate. We can target children’s needs from an early age before they start school.

“We will lead the way with flexible and affordable childcare with wrap-around care from 8am to 6pm.”

Greengate Rainbow Pre-school is to close in July after being at the school for 15 years. The pre-school has six members of staff.

Manager Jill Martin said the plans were initially a shock but the staff understand that it is progress for the school.

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