Hambledon Nursery School will be a warmer place this winter, thanks to new windows in its two classrooms.
The nursery, formerly the village primary school, dates back to Victorian times and is a listed building. Its original wooden-framed windows were in an advance state of decay but the school had to replace like-for-like to comply with planning regulations – a costly business.
Thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Hall Hunter Foundation – a trust set up by the owners of nearby Tuesley Fruit Farm – and a dip into the nursery school’s reserves, the money has been found to pay for the work, which was carried out over the summer holiday.
Nicola Collett, head teacher, said: “We are delighted with the Hall Hunter grant and very grateful. It enabled us to give the go-ahead for the work and we now have new windows on the southern elevation of the classrooms which were the ones in most urgent need of replacement.”
“They are structured to the original design with wooden frames but are double-glazed. I am actually looking forward to winter this year because the staff and children will be nice and warm and nestled in the classrooms with no drafts to contend with.”
She added: “I suppose the saddest part of the project was actually watching the old windows come out. But remarkably the Hopper style openers and some of the frames have been donated to The Brooking National Architectural Museum in Cranleigh, because they were of significant architectural interest.”
“The next phase will be along the Eastern side of the building restoring and replacing the old original stone bay window. The final phase will be to replace the old Crittall windows in the flat roof extension.”
Hambledon Nursery School is looking for an accountant to review its 2014 financial accounts on a voluntary basis.
The school, on the site of the former village state school, was opened after a community initiative and has become a successful venture with an outstanding Ofsted rating, providing pre-school learning for children aged between two and five.
It is run as a business managed by a charitable trust for the benefit of the local community. Please see the school advert below.
ARE YOU AN ACCOUNTANT?
Your local village nursery school is looking for someone with experience of reviewing financial accounts to review their accounts for the year ending August 2014. It is likely to take a few hours of your time and would be most appreciated…
If you are able and willing to support this local charity please contact Nicola Collett at the nursery school.
Telephone: 01428 684892
Teaching staff at Hambledon Nursery School can enjoy the summer break in the knowledge of a job well done after the government’s inspection body Ofsted awarded it an “outstanding” rating.
All schools are visted periodically by Ofsted inspectors and judged as either Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Hambledon Nursery School had been judged as outstanding following previous inspections.
Staff knew that another Ofsted inspection was due but had no advanced knowledge of when it would take place. In the event the inspectors visited in June and the report is now available online at
Open the page and find the link to a PDF document headed Early Years Register inspection report.
Nicola Collett, head teacher, said that staff and parents were delighted with the outcome. She said the report highlighted the professionalism of teachers and how engaged children were in their learning.
The school was originally the village state primary school. When it closed in the 1980s residents were determined to see it remain at the heart of the community as a place of learning. A campaign led to the acquisition of the Victorian school house complete with playground and its reopening as a nursery school run as a business by a charitable trust. It caters for children aged 2 to 5 and retains its strong links with the village, the church and the parish council.