26th July 2021 — Rossall School welcomed Amanda Owen (The Yorkshire Shepherdess) to open their new Nursery and Pre-Prep.
The new facilities have been designed by Rossall School’s own Head of Design and Technology, Lee Hodgetts, and students in the senior school have contributed to some elements of the design.
The original building was constructed in the early 1990s but burgeoning numbers meant that a radical redesign was needed to ensure bright contemporary learning spaces reflective of the School’s commitment to inquiry-led learning.
The striking design of the interior spaces embraces much of the latest thinking in terms of classroom design.
The provision of a technologically enriched environment is complemented by the free flow of spaces that fully exploit the beautiful natural landscape within which the building is situated.
Headmaster, Jeremy Quartermain said: "Our ambition was to design a building that would provide young children with a wonderful space within which to learn and play.
"Lee’s creative response to the brief that we provided has resulted in the creation of a building that undoubtedly has the ‘wow’ factor.
"Most importantly our pupils and their parents have fallen in love with its many unique features such as the bespoke purpose-built play equipment."
He continued: "Rossall is an incredible community and today marks the summation of so much hard work and dedication upon the part of our staff.
"Throughout lockdown, our support staff have been our absolute heroes, and this building provides a tangible expression of their love and dedication to our community.
"In particular, I should thank Andy Edwards for his spectacular creations."
The Nursery, which now includes a baby room, currently has a waiting list and this year will see a record number of pupils enter the Reception Class.
Amanda Owen stated that she was honoured to open the new building and enjoyed meeting the children in the Pre-Prep School.
Amanda presented prizes at the Prep School Prize Day and her observations on childhood resonate with much of the philosophy underpinning the curriculum in the Prep School.