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Sproatley’s nurture room ‘The Heron’

A nurture room, to support children alongside classroom learning, has opened at Sproatley Endowed Church of England Academy.

Called ‘The Heron Room’, the nurture room was opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mrs Brenda Frear, chair of the Heron Educational Foundation, who was one of the sponsors of the new facility.

“We are so grateful for the support of Heron and our school community, which has meant we have managed to create this amazing setting at zero cost to the school itself,” said Jayne Drennan, business manager at Sproatley Endowed Church of England Academy.

“We really wanted to create a special place to support our children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills and be somewhere that’s friendly and accessible for parents, carers and families.

“But at a time of extremely tight budgets in education, we knew we would have to turn to our supportive school community for help – and they responded magnificently!”

A former staff room from the 1970s, which became something of a room full of clutter, was revamped and converted into a stylish and comfortable nurture room. It was completed this month.

“We’d particularly like to thank the Heron Educational Foundation, D. Dry & Sons, Bridget Biggs Trust and Kingston Blinds for their support,” said Mrs Drennan.

Sproatley Endowed Church of England Academy became part of the Ebor Academy Trust in June.

*Picture shows Year 6 team captains, from left, Alex, Sophie, Joya, Harry and Isabelle, with members of the Heron Educational Foundation, from left, Brenda Frear, Fay Crawforth and Marion Riley. Completing the picture is Diana Hoskins, chair of the school’s governing body and vice chair of Heron.