Double boost for school

Topsham School has received a double boost after opening a new extension and receiving a county award.

The new extension cost more than �100,000, and has been built to expand the school’s foundation unit, which caters for children aged three to five years old.

The new unit means that the school can double its intake of foundation children from 13 to 26.

The school has also received a badge from Devon County Council to mark the success of its work with its existing foundation children.

The new extension was officially opened by council chairman Jeremy Yabsley, along with Topsham councillor Andrew Leadbetter.

Mr Yabsley also presented the school’s Foundation Stage badge to head teacher Claire Browne.

Ms Browne said: “In the past, we have had to turn some parents away, but, with the new extension we now look forward to being able to welcome more children. I am particularly pleased we have been awarded the badge, as it is an acknowledgement of the fantastic work done by the team in the foundation stage unit.”

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The school’s vice-chair of governors, Dr Keir Bovis, said: “Since its opening, the foundation stage unit has fulfilled its aim in being an important starting point in a child’s education.

“The governing body would like to thank all the staff of The Topsham School for their continuing dedication to the delivery of a high standard of early years’ education, as recognised by today’s badging ceremony.”