Work has begun at Cheltenham College to build a dedicated nursery school facility.
Opening its doors in September 2022, the building has been designed to offer “spacious modern classrooms and fantastic outside space” to children aged between three and five years.
Designed by Gloucester-based firm Roberts Limbrick Architects, the nursery school has eco-build status.
Cheltenham Nursery School will be nestled amongst the trees in the heart of the prep school site, giving pupils access to 75 acres of green space to explore during their outdoor learning sessions.
The school’s current nursery team will be moving across to the new building to deliver teaching to pupils from the new location.
Head of Cheltenham College Preparatory School, Tom O’Sullivan, said: “The new Nursery School is the beginning of the Cheltenham Prep journey for our youngest pupils. We are continuously striving to provide the best educational experience for our pupils, and this brilliant new building will provide the best possible start for their journey.
“We passionately believe that a happy child will be far more likely to fulfil their potential, and this amazing learning environment will certainly provide our youngest pupils with a safe and supportive, but also extraordinary and exciting, beginning to their school lives.
“A Nursery School is about so much more than day care; it is an exciting, fun-filled start to school – a chance to create a love of learning and nurture inquisitive minds.”