SCHOOL governors are celebrating after never giving up hope on creating a nursery within a Simonside primary.
Lord Blyton Nursery has opened the doors to its first intake of youngsters.
It was a dream come true for school governors who for 15 years had been trying to have a nursery established within the school based in Blyton Avenue.
The 26-place nursery was officially opened on Friday by Alice Malcolm, mother of South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm.
Headteacher Jo Atherton said: “The nursery has been really well received by the parents and already we have a waiting list for next year.
“Because the numbers are small we are able to take the children out a lot more and they have recently been up to visit Fenwicks window in Newcastle. The nursery is something the school governors have wanted for at least 15 years so it is really good we have finally been able to make it happen.
“It is also a really positive move for the school in that we are able to build up relationships with the parents much earlier.”
The nursery caters for 13 youngsters in the morning and 13 in the afternoon aged from three to four years old.
There are also 16 places for two year-olds.