After a blessing by school chaplain Gillie Nicholls, Mrs Marks joined children and adults to celebrate with a traditional children’s tea party complete with balloons, fancy dress characters and plenty of party food.
The nursery opened its doors on the first day of the spring term with the capacity for 12 places initially.
The decision to introduce a nursery at the school gives parents access to a seamless education from the age of two to 13 years.
Prior to the opening, Barrow Hills already offered care and education for three to five year olds via its kindy and reception classes, but with the additional nursery offering, has extended its pre-prep intake.
As well as interior building work in the early years department to create the nursery, new furniture, play equipment, educational toys and resources have been added to create a stimulating environment.
A “free flow” facility allowing younger children to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom setting will also be available.
Acting headmaster Paul Crisell said: “We are delighted Mrs Marks was able to join us today, to mark a new chapter in the school’s life.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who’ve worked so tirelessly to help realise our decision to create a dedicated nursery at Barrow Hills, especially Sue Pulleyn, our head of pre-prep, head of maintenance Guy Clarke, and Graham Powell, school governor and architect.
“We extend a warm welcome to the younger children who have joined the special caring and nurturing environment that is unique to Barrow Hills and look forward to supporting every child as they start their educational journey.”