New pre-school for Deeping St James

Linchfield Community Primary School head teacher Andy Fawkes.
Linchfield Community Primary School head teacher Andy Fawkes.

A new pre-school is to open in Deeping St James this September.

Aimed at children aged from three years old until they start school, the pre-school will be provided by Linchfield Community Primary School.

Headteacher Andy Fawkes said: “At Linchfield we are looking to provide all children with a good start to their education.

“Ofsted has rated the school as ‘good’ and our early years provision is good, but we are working hard to become the first outstanding primary school in the Deepings.

“We want to offer more choice to the local community and start welcoming families to Linchfield from birth upwards, offering parents the mix of education and childcare that they need in order to allow them to fit work around their children.”

The school also runs its own before and after school provision, known as Treehouse, which operates from 7.30am until 9am and 3pm until 6pm.

In addition, there is a new parent and child group, called ‘Little Linchfield Parent and Toddler Group’, which operates on a Tuesday morning in the school hall, from 9am until 11am.

The school’s Early Years leader Hailey Markley said: “Little Linchfield Parent and Toddler Group is proving to be hugely popular and the hall is buzzing with little people, learning, playing and making new friends.

“Parents, grandparents and childminders get to chat with each other, whilst having a cuppa or playing with the children.

“There are lots of experienced childcare professionals on hand to help with matters from parenting advice to all things educational.”

It is all part of longer term developments at the school, with the long-awaited new teaching block now in the planning and design stage.

Mr Fawkes added: “In the very near future all mobile classrooms on the site will be removed and all classes, including Little Linchfield, Treehouse and the new pre-school, will be working in classrooms.”