Pupils, staff and governors welcomed Bishop Ralph to an official opening and blessing on Friday, 1 December 2017.
A special celebration event took place to mark the opening of the brand new pre-school building at St Thomas of Canterbury School in Sheffield.
Bishop Ralph met the pre-school children and said some prayers for all who attend the school now and in the future. The school was one of only two providers in Sheffield to receive funding from the Department for Education to create additional capacity to provide 30 hours places for three year old children.
The project was a very interesting one because it involved the conversion of the caretaker’s house into a pre-school building and included a very large extension at the back. The pre-school now opens onto the wonderful outdoor area with a mud kitchen, a wide range of challenging activities and the school’s very own chickens.
This project has come at a very good time because the school has also been designated as an Early Years Centre of Excellence to provide training, support and development to other settings. The additional space makes it much easier for groups of visiting colleagues to spend time immersed in the Early Years environment to explore the excellent practice and carefully designed provision. There are very few 30 hours places available in the area so it is excellent to have these additional places at an outstanding, Catholic school.
Bishop Ralph is pictured above left with Mr Andrew Truby, Headteacher, members of staff and pupils.
For information about places in the pre-school, please visit http://www.st-tc.co.uk/.