Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the announcement by Secretary of State for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi MP that St Dennis Primary Academy has been successful in its application for £300,000 in funding from the School Nurseries Capital Fund.
The School Nurseries Capital Fund is designed to create new high quality school-based nursery places for 2,3 and 4 year olds in disadvantaged areas, in order to deliver the government’s commitment to build more school-based nurseries and to boost social mobility.
Commenting, Steve said:
“I am absolutely thrilled to see the success of St Dennis Primary Academy’s bid for this funding, which I have worked with colleagues in Westminster to ensure an announcement was made on ahead of the summer holidays.”
“Their success in getting part of this national fund of £22m will undoubtedly have a major positive impact on children in St Dennis and the surrounding communities.”
“It is also combined with £100,000 local funding from the Cerc St Dennis Community Fund, which is exactly how this fund should be used, to provide tangible benefits for the community.”
“Well done to everyone at the school for this successful bid and I look forward to working with the team at St Dennis Primary Academy and Cornwall Council to see this the new facilities in operation as soon as possible.”
Commenting, Sr Dennis Primary Academy Business Manager Andrea Howard said:
“St Dennis Primary Academy is delighted have placed a successful bid for a new EYFS building at the school. This will enable us to extend our early years provision and thereby really make an impact on the early learning of the children who attend the nursery. Our experience shows that the earlier children attend nursery, the better their overall outcomes will be, this is particularly true in our area.”
“We are also delighted that the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust have approved our grant application to the trust, and are awarding the school a further £100,000 towards the construction and fitting out of the EYFS building.”
“This project is the culmination of several years of planning by our head teacher, senior leadership team and local governing body and we are thrilled that we will finally see it to fruition. We expect groundworks to commence the week beginning 29th July and completion to be in the Spring term.”
“Further details about the early years project can be found on our school website http://www.stdennis.academy/new-nursery-build/ and we are now accepting applications from parents of two, three and four year old, nursery age children for the 2019/20 academic year.”