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Broadshires Pre-School is located in the small village of Broadwell on the West Oxfordshire (OXON) and Gloucestershire (GLOS) border, and serves the surrounding area of Alvescot, Bampton, Black Boughton, Bradwell Village, Brize Norton, Broughton Poggs, Burford, Carterton, Clanfield, Curbridge, Eastleach, Eastleach Turville, Faringdon, Filkins, Fyfield, Grafton, Holwell, Lechlade, Little Faringdon, Kelmscott, Kencot, Langford, Shilton, Southrop and Westwell.

We are not far from Blenheim Palace, Buscot Park, Buscot Estates, Coleshill Estates, Cogges Museum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Kelmscott Manor and the Witney & District Museum.  The school is located in area of outstanding beauty.

Broadshires Pre-School

History

by Jackie Overton

 

When Broadshires opened in 1992 it was after a lot of hard work, both by a group of mums who formed the first committee and the Fox Bequest who are the trustees of the Old School at Broadwell. After the committee "found" the school, the trustees replaced the existing floor and updated the storage heaters for us. The committee worked to fulfill the social services rerquirements, advertise the pre-school and buy the first of our equipment. I remember a mum calling in to ask "is this where the pre-school opens this week?" my husband was still putting up a wall unit.

 

At first we only opened 2 mornings, then 3, then 4 and finally as we became more popular we opened afternoon sessions for younger children. We now open for 4 full days, and Friday morning.

 

We have always been very well supported by our parents and local community and over the years have raised a lot of money to replace the original tables, chairs and cupboards. We now have a wide variety of good quality toys and equipment.

 

The trustees have also continued to support us. The school has been re-roofed, a damp proof course been injected, the interior of the building has been redecorated and new water heaters fitted. Recently both bathrooms have had been re-fitted and re-decorated once again

 

We now comply with the greater demands of OFSTED and have always received good inspection reports from them. We continue to strive to provide the best for our children and make their first experience of "schooling" happy and fun. This summer we had a very large sand area built, and our next project is to further improve the outdoor play facilities by providing a story and music area in the garden.

 

Over the years we have forged close links with our two nearest primary schools, St. Peters at Alvescot and St. Chistophers at Langford. We often discuss new paperwork requirements, exchange visits and generally keep in touch to make the childrens' transfer to school as easy as possible for them.