Pre-school finds new home on playing field

Thornborough Pre-School opens in new premises.
Thornborough Pre-School opens in new premises.

Thornborough Pre-School is officially open in its new premises on the Sir Harry Moore playing field in the village.

The pre-school’s faced closure when its previous home, in a ‘Horsa’ hut at the back of the village school, was officially decommissioned, but a deal was agreed between village organisations allowing the pre-school to lease the sports field building and adapt it for multiple uses.

The sports pavilion has been revamped adding a secure outdoor play area, safety features and updating the interior. Open mornings are to be held on October 8, 9am until noon and October 10, from 10am until noon.

Jennie Somerset, pre-school leader, said: “It’s very exciting to be able to welcome children into our new premises. We have more space, better facilities and a wonderful outlook over the sports field. We have been able to extend our hours and are now open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday during term time. We have also received a £900 grant from Aylesbury Vale Community Chest and a grant from Awards For All, which have helped us to refresh our resources with a focus on outdoor play.

“The move wouldn’t have been possible without our dedicated staff and management committee and the continuing support of Thornborough Parish Council and Thornborough Cricket Club.”

A small, friendly setting, Thornborough Pre-School runs firmly on the basis of learning through play. Its philosophy is reflected in the team’s focus on messy play, outdoor activities and regular walks around the village and trips on the public bus into Buckingham.

This approach has proved popular with parents looking for a pre-school with a relaxed, traditional structure where children are at the centre. Thornborough Pre-School feeds into the Ofsted rated outstanding Thornborough Infant School which is also holding an open morning on October 8, from 9am until noon.