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School already a community asset
8:10am Tue Dec 18, 2012
 
A primary school celebrating the end of its first term is already being hailed as a key part of its community.
At the official opening of Fernwood school are (left) the chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Carol Pepper, county councillor Mrs Sue Saddington and the head, Mr Bob Hattersley, with pupils, left to right, Joseph Monk, 5, Mia Brailsford, 4, Carly Lowe, 5, and Luke Ley, 4.
At the official opening of Fernwood school are (left) the chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Carol Pepper, county councillor Mrs Sue Saddington and the head, Mr Bob Hattersley, with pupils, left to right, Joseph Monk, 5, Mia Brailsford, 4, Carly Lowe, 5, and Luke Ley, 4.
An official opening ceremony was held at the Fernwood Annexe of Chuter Ede Primary School on Friday.

A plaque was unveiled by the chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Carol Pepper.

The head, Mr Bob Hattersley, said it was an asset to Fernwood.

“Parents who live locally can walk here in the morning and the children can mix with others from the same area, which we think is of huge importance,” he said.

The school has 39 pupils and will accept more each year, and should have more than 200 by 2015.

Eventually it should be able to accommodate 420 pupils.

It has a hall, classrooms and outdoor play area, and is designed to feel large and have plenty of classroom space.

Mr Hattersley said he hoped it would build on the good reputation of Chuter Ede school in Balderton.

“We want to maintain the reputation of Chuter Ede and extend it here,” he said.

“So far it has gone smoothly. We are pleased with it and so are the parents. We had a big say in the sort of facilities we wanted and they are great.”

The chairman of Fernwood Parish Council, Mr Jim Weale, said the school, which residents and the parish council had been calling for, helped to complete the village.

“The school can be the hub of the community. It is nice for residents to be able to bring their children to a local school,” he said.

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