Pupils thank staff as new building opens

Meadow court, the new Gosfield prep school building, has opened. ANL-150216-163449001
Meadow court, the new Gosfield prep school building, has opened. ANL-150216-163449001
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Pupils in Gosfield have thanked builders for their new prep school building, which opened its doors last month.

Gosfield School has been implementing staggered move-in dates for the nursery, pre prep and prep classes since the building – called Meadow Court – was completed just before Christmas.

Reception class, together with years one and two, kicked off the new term in the £1.2million building, with years three to five due to move after the February half-term.

Philippa Matthews, head of the prep school, said: “This really is an exciting time for the prep school at Gosfield School.

“I feel extremely privileged to be in a position to take the school forward and develop a love of learning and a quest for knowledge in all children.”

The new prep school is equipped with the latest technology, including interactive whiteboards and wireless connectivity.

The build was financed through a combination of the school’s development fund and bank finance.

To give Meadow Court a commemorative feel, the builders included personalised paving blocks inscribed with each child’s name and year group in the entrance pathway.

Peter Sakal, chairman of the board of governors, said Meadow Court was the biggest development in the school’s 85-year history.

“We wanted to create something that fully reflects the reason we have built Meadow Court ... for the young people of the school now and for many years to come,” he said.

“Creating a mosaic that includes every pupil on the school roll at the time we move in will create a little piece of history.”

Pupils wrote to the school to thank them for the new building.

Claire Burnham, the school’s development officer, said pupils from different classes had written letters and drawn pictures to the people involved in the move, including the builders, school principal Dr Sarah Welch and the chairman of the school’s board of governors.

She said: “Our IT staff were thanked for installing the new smartboards and TVs in every classroom, which the children were very excited about.”

With the new build’s wireless technology, pupils are able to access online learning materials at all times.

As well as online learning, Gosfield pupils enjoy an outdoor learning lesson each week.