The Ark nursery officially opens in Bradwell

Headteacher Ryan Freeman with some of the children in their special Ark. Picture: James Bass

Headteacher Ryan Freeman with some of the children in their special Ark. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A Bradwell primary school officially opened its refurbished nursery last week in a fun-filled day of activities.

Homefield Primary School's nursery has had a complete makeover and is now known as The Ark.

Children and parents came down to the official opening, with the ribbon being cut by the mayor of Great Yarmouth Shirley Weymouth.

Headteacher Ryan Freeman said: 'It was a fantastic day and everybody who came along to the opening really enjoyed themselves. Scratby Garden Centre brought along some animals for the occasion such as donkeys and rabbits which were a real hit with the children.'

The opening also included a balloon release in aid of Children in Need and the classrooms were also set-up full of games and activities which the children would take part in on day-to-day basis.

Mr Freeman added: 'The nursery has literally been given a whole new identity and brand. It has a new website and new brochures along with a modern look inside the building.

'We had a mural artist come in and design a mural of animals to coincide with the new name. There are brand new furniture and storage along with more technology than before including Ipads and interactive white boards.'

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The Ark's name was inspired by the fact that the facility is a Church of England school, and there is even an ark in the playground for the children to play on.

The nursery prides itself on having fully qualified teachers working with the children to try and help them prepare for reception.

Mr Freeman added: 'Having the qualified teachers in the nursery really helps with the development of the children here. Our structure includes teaching the children maths and English through fun activities and this really helps them to be ready for the next stage of their education. For us to have that extra year with the children is extremely valuable.'

Mr Freeman believes the nursery has a bright future now that the refurbishment is complete and hopes that more parents will choose to bring their children to The Ark.

He said: 'We are the only school nursery in the area and having the qualified teachers is the distinct offering that we have. We hope that with our revamp we can go on to compete with the other new nurses in the area.

'We are hoping that we can continue to improve in the coming years and the long term aim is to be known as an excellent school by Ofsted.

The nursery still has spaces available for this year and are now also accepting applications for 2016.

For more information about the nursery contact 01493 661691 or visit the website on